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# st: AW: RE: line plot

 From "Mareike" To Subject st: AW: RE: line plot Date Mon, 10 May 2010 16:57:18 +0200

```Thank you Nick for your help. Using egen first solved the problem.

Mareike

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Betreff: st: RE: line plot

There is a difference of principle here.

-graph bar-, -graph dot- and -graph box- are reduction commands that
typically show summary statistics derived from the data, rather the data
themselves. (There are exceptions, flagged by -asis-.)

On the other hand, most -twoway- commands, and those based on them, how
the data directly. (There are exceptions, such as -histogram-.) Thus,
for the most part, you need to do any reductions beforehand.

Use -egen, total()- to calculate the sums beforehand. Note also -egen,
tag()- to tag just one observation of each kind, in your case, one
observation for each year.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

Mareike

I'm working with panel data and I'm trying to plot the yearly sum of
one variable for all countries over time. I was able to create a bar
diagram for that purpose by using the command: graph bar (sum)
variable, over(year). But actually I would prefer to present the
numbers in form of a line plot: But all the commands I could think of
(e.g. tsline, line, twoway connected, etc.) do not allow the
sum-option, as far as I understand them correctly. It would be great if
anybody of you would get up with an idea!?

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