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# Re: st: bar graph axis color- frustrated

 From "Michael N. Mitchell" To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: bar graph axis color- frustrated Date Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:44:06 -0700

```Dear Ricardo

This is a complete stumper... I totally understand why you are so frustrated.

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The problem lies with the fact that Stata is conceptualizing the left axis as the "x" axis because it is the axis that contains the categorical variable. Thus, the -yscale- options impact the bottom axis (with, in this example, -weight- and -price-). So, to alter the line, we would need to refer to the -xscale()- , which is not a legal thing to refer to. For such graphs, Stata does not permit the -xscale()- option.
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The only way I can figure to do this is with the graph editor. I made a little movie of how to do this at
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http://screencast.com/t/YjhlZGM2MTI

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If you need to do this for multiple graphs, you can use the graph recorder to record this process, and then play back the recorded file against other graphs (see -help graph play-).
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I hope this helps!

Michael N. Mitchell
Data Management Using Stata      - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/dmus.html
A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/vgsg.html
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On 2010-06-10 4.59 PM, Ricardo Ovaldia wrote:
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```Thank you Michael. Here is a simplified version of my graph which is much more complex:

sysuse auto, clear
graph hbar   weight price, ysc(off)

I want the axis on right side (the base of the bars) to be a color other than black (white or clear would work).

But the way, I have your book. It is great and extremely useful.

Ricardo Ovaldia, MS
Statistician
Oklahoma City, OK

--- On Thu, 6/10/10, Michael Mitchell<Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>  wrote:

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```From: Michael Mitchell<Michael.Norman.Mitchell@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: st: bar graph axis color- frustrated
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 5:31 PM
Dear Ricardo

I think it would help if you sent the Stata command
that you are
issuing, and an example of the desired colors of the bars
you want. I
am having trouble figuring out the problem you are
encountering.

Best regards,

Michael N. Mitchell
Data Management Using Stata      - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/dmus.html
A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics - http://www.stata.com/bookstore/vgsg.html
Stata tidbit of the week
- http://www.MichaelNormanMitchell.com

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:35 PM, Ricardo Ovaldia<ovaldia@yahoo.com>
wrote:
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```I continue to struggle with trying to change the color
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```of the y-axis of a horizontal bar graph. Although this seems
like it should be a pretty basic thing to be able to do, I
have not found a satisfactory solution. Note that I am not
using the -over()- option.
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Ricardo Ovaldia, MS
Statistician
Oklahoma City, OK

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