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Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: RE: percent symbols in catplot |

Date |
Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:48:30 -0600 |

> On Feb 28, 2010, at 11:39 AM, Nick Cox wrote: > I have previously resisted the idea of being able to add "%" signs > everywhere. Isn't a specification of percent on the graph margins > sufficient? However, I'd add such an option to -tabplot- if it were > clear that there were people who really wanted it. Nick, thanks for the example using -tabplot-. One of the clients for which I do some consulting requires that the graphs be presented in this format to match graphs from other contributors & past versions of the graphs. Similarly, they require % signs in all summary tables (for which -tabout- is quite useful). I doubt that there is a widespread need for the % signs for bar labels in graphs like -tabplot-, and in most cases, I go with % signs in the margins (or I just use the axis label to convey this idea). In this case, both of the "kludged" methods offered by you and Martin work perfectly. ~ Eric __ Eric A. Booth Public Policy Research Institute Texas A&M University ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu Office: +979.845.6754 On Feb 28, 2010, at 11:39 AM, Nick Cox wrote: > Eric started a thread under this heading which featured various > exchanges with Martin Weiss. > > Replying to the original question: I am the author of -catplot-. The > main issue is that -catplot- is purely a wrapper for -graph bar-, or > -graph hbar- or -graph dot-, one of which is called depending on > whatever is specified. > > In Eric's example -graph bar- is invoked. I confirm that I don't know a > way to do this with high-level commands, as -graph bar- doesn't offer > any such handle. > > A similar graph is possible with -tabplot- from SSC, at present with a > kludge > > sysuse auto, clear > contract rep78, perc(_perc) nomiss > gen toshow = string(_perc, "%3.2f") + "%" > tabplot rep78 [aw=_perc] , showval(toshow) > > That kind of thing is much easier as -tabplot- is based on -twoway-. > > I have previously resisted the idea of being able to add "%" signs > everywhere. Isn't a specification of percent on the graph margins > sufficient? However, I'd add such an option to -tabplot- if it were > clear that there were people who really wanted it. > > Nick > n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk > > Eric Booth > > 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? > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**References**:**st: percent symbols in catplot***From:*Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu>

**st: RE: percent symbols in catplot***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

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