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Re: st: Text size in graphs

From   Maarten buis <>
Subject   Re: st: Text size in graphs
Date   Mon, 3 May 2010 15:58:44 +0000 (GMT)

--- On Mon, 3/5/10, Amanda Fu wrote:
> Generally speaking, Is it worthwhile to continue testing
> and get some syntax that really works out and then keep
> this as a template for future use? Is it realistic to use
> graph editor to do some small enhancement by hand?

I tend to almost exclusively use the syntax, and only go
for the graph editor for things that are very hard to
achieve with the syntax, e.g. M.L. Buis and M. Weiss (2009) 
"Stata tip 81: A table of graphs", The Stata Journal, 9(4), 
pp. 643-647. 

The thing I like about .do files is that it leaves an
exact paper trail with which I can reproduce my results.
You could achieve the same thing with the recorder, but
that would require me to create an extra habbit for 
archieving/documenting the resulting files, and I am 
too lazy to do so unless absolutely necesary.

There are two other ways in which I could imagine that
the graph editor might be useful:
- When it comes to selecting the "best looking" font
size one could try them out in the graph editor, and
implement the final choice in the .do file. I don't 
do this, but that may just be conservatism due to 
habit formation.
- You can look inside the resulting file and copy
some of the lines out (with some editing), e.g.:

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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