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Re: st: Suppress labeling of categorical axis values in graph bar/hbar

From   Davide Cantoni <>
Subject   Re: st: Suppress labeling of categorical axis values in graph bar/hbar
Date   Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:20:47 +0100

Thanks, Nick, Eric, and Roger!

On 20 December 2010 17:08, Nick Cox <> wrote:
> There's an ancient Stata saying that if -graph bar- seems to block your path, back up and try an equivalent approach with -twoway bar-.

It was great to learn the difference between -twoway bar- and -graph bar-!

Getting back to the original solution proposed by Eric:

> > The other thing I wonder is how to get rid of the numbers on the
> > categorical axis. In your second code, which works fine, there are
> > still the ordinal numbers of each observation, instead of the names,
> > left. There's no way to suppress those?
> >
> There are no numbers for each "make" categorical observation on my graph -- I'm not sure how/why you see them.  Did you augment the code I sent?  I ran this with Stata 11 MP, Mac OSX, using the -scheme s2color- (though I don't know how this makes a difference).

> Make sure there is a space between the double quotes in the line (location of space marked with a capital X below for illustration):
> if !inlist(`n', 1, 20, 40, 60 , 74)  ///
> replace o`varname' = o`varname' + `" `n' "X" "'
> You may have lost that space when copy/pasting the code from your email client to your Stata do-file editor

I do have a number for each "make" categorical observation -- running
on Stata for Mac, either 9 or 10. I don't have 11, but maybe you can
try it out on your Mac with -version 10-? I definitely used your code
and did not suppress the space between double quotes.


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