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Re: st: RE: percent symbols in catplot


From   Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: percent symbols in catplot
Date   Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:33:13 -0600

>

Thanks, Martin.  
This is a great workaround for my situation (& it's much better than my idea of tinkering with the .grec file output).  


> I failed to bring this up at the last wishes & grumbles in Florence. A
> -format- that adds the percentage sign, just like in spreadsheet software...

Yes I agree, hopefully Stata will implement a percentage format someday.

___
Just FYI for anyone else who needs something like this:  
I slightly modified Martin's example to use NJC's -mylabels- (from SSC & referenced in the 2008 thread Martin referred me to)  so that I could easily shift the yaxis with the range of the data in a way that makes sense for the way I need to display results--so, something like:

*******begin
sysuse auto, clear
contract rep78, percent(perc)
   *-----added
	qui sum perc
	local x = round(`r(min)', 10)
	local y = round(`r(max)', 10)+10
	local t 10
	if `r(max)'>75 & !mi(`r(max)') {
		local t  25
	 }
	mylabels `x'(`t')`y', local(labels) myscale(@) suffix("%")
   *------
gen strpercent=string(perc, "%4.1fc")+ " %"    /*chg. to 1 dec place*/
twoway (bar perc rep78)  /* 
*/ (scatter perc rep78, mlabcolor(black) msymbol(none)  /* 
*/ mlabsize(medium) mlabel(strpercent)  /* 
*/ mlabposition(12)), legend(off)  /* 
*/ yla(`labels')   // <-- changed to use local created by -mylabels-
*******end
(note that the ylab changes from increasing by 10 to increasing by 25 if the r(max) > 75)


Thanks again, 

Eric
__
Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu
Office: +979.845.6754


On Feb 26, 2010, at 2:47 PM, Martin Weiss wrote:

> 
> <>
> 
> You can always go for a kludge:
> 
> 
> *******
> sysuse auto, clear
> contract rep78, percent(perc)
> gen strpercent=string(perc, "%4.2fc")+ " %"
> twoway (bar perc rep78)  /* 
> */ (scatter perc rep78, mlabcolor(black) msymbol(none)  /* 
> */ mlabsize(medium) mlabel(strpercent)  /* 
> */ mlabposition(12)), legend(off)  /* 
> */ yla(0 "0%" 10 "10%" 20 "20%" 30 "30%" 40 "40%" 50 "50%")
> *******
> 
> 
> HTH
> Martin
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Eric Booth
> Sent: Freitag, 26. Februar 2010 21:12
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: st: percent symbols in catplot
> 
>> 
> 
> I am using -catplot- (from SSC) on Stata 11 MP for Mac OSX.  I'd like to
> show the percent sign in the label for each of the category bars when using
> the "percent" option.
> 
> For example, 
> ****
> webuse auto, clear
> catplot bar rep78,  percent blabel(bar, position(outside) format(%9.1f)) 
> **or**
> catplot bar rep78,  by( for)  percent blabel(bar, position(outside)
> format(%9.1f))
> ****
> shows the percent of each rep78 category out of 100, but I can't get it to
> show the % sign, so it could say "43.5%", etc.
> 
> Using graph editor, I found that I can add a % sign to the bar label text
> manually (though I'd rather not have to do that for many graphs), but after
> looking through the barlabel options help documentation, I couldn't figure
> out how to change the bar label automatically.  (I had the idea that if I
> could override the bar labels like you can the text for a key in a legend
> then I could calculate and substitute these values into the -catplot-
> command in a loop, but I haven't found a way to do this using the barlabel
> option)
> 
> Another option might be to write something that automates those graph
> recorder grec file changes (ex:  when I add the "%" by hand, it issues the
> command:
> 
> .plotregion1.barlabels[3].text.Arrpush 43.5%
> 
> in the recording), but this is a pain.  Any suggestions?
> 
> Thanks, 
> 
> Eric
> __
> Eric A. Booth
> Public Policy Research Institute
> Texas A&M University
> ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu
> Office: +979.845.6754
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