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"Airey, David C" <david.airey@vanderbilt.edu> |

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"statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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Re: st: Graphical challenge from Gelman blog |

Date |
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:45:56 -0500 |

. The scales of the data across measures make using the raw data in your graph perfectly fine in my opinion. I don't like their graphs, either the original or the newer ones. At least the original ring is reminiscent of a clock face, which I think must have been the intention. I don't think it suffers too badly from pie graph problems in the manner done. If I were doing one measure at a time, the only thing I would do with your graph would be to order the countries from large to small. But this cannot be done in your graph, because country has a fixed X position across the different measures. I guess when making a graph, from data that can be used to form multiple messages, is to ask which message is meant to be conveyed? I did not read Gelman's thread to know what that was. > Over at Andrew Gelman's blog, there have been various attempts to > improve on a graph first published by the The Economist. Most of the > solutions use R. Some Stata users may want to try to see what they can > do. Here are the threads: > > > http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2011/04/one_more_time-u.html > > > > http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2011/04/attractive_but.html > > > > http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2011/04/the_r_code_for.html > > > Here's some code to read the data into Stata. The data are average > hours per day spent in various activities in different countries. > > clear > input hours > 4.2 > 3.2 > 11.1 > 1.3 > 2.2 > 2 > 3.9 > 3.2 > 10 > .8 > 3.1 > 3.1 > 6.3 > 2.5 > 9.8 > .9 > 2.2 > 2.4 > 4.4 > 3.1 > 9.8 > .8 > 3.3 > 2.7 > 4.8 > 3 > 9.9 > .7 > 3.1 > 2.4 > 4 > 3.4 > 10.5 > .7 > 3.3 > 2.1 > end > egen country = seq(), block(6) > egen activity = seq(), to(6) > label def country 1 France 2 Germany 3 Japan 4 Britain 5 USA 6 Turkey > label def activity 1 Paid 2 Unpaid 3 "Eating, sleeping" 4 "Personal > care" 5 Leisure 6 Other > label val country country > label val activity activity > > and here's one suggestion on how to plot it. I can see the force of > Andrew Gelman's suggestion to average across countries and plot > residuals from that, but plotting the original data works as well for > me. > > tabplot ac co [iw=hours], showval height(0.6) ytitle("") xtitle("") > subtitle(hours/day) > > Here -tabplot- is from SSC. (By the way, versions of -tabplot- not yet > realised handle negative bars better than that on SSC, but there are > no negative bars in the above.) > > * * 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/

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