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st: graphic observed means and confidence intervals over time


From   Lloyd Dumont <lloyddumont@yahoo.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: graphic observed means and confidence intervals over time
Date   Fri, 18 Nov 2011 08:50:32 -0800 (PST)

Hello,
Statalist.
I
have a large dataset of survey responses from individuals over time.  Each observation comes from one of 5 years,
though the individual respondents cannot be linked between rounds, so this is
not panel data.
 
A
reviewer has suggested that I plot the means of a few variables over time.  That is easy.  But, he has said he would like to see the standard errors on this graph
as well.  If I am correctly understanding
him, he wants to see a simple line plot with a solid line representing the
mean, and then dotted lines representing a confidence interval around that
mean, over time.
If
I were just plotting the mean, I would use -collapse-, create means by year,
and call it a day.  But, if I want
confidence intervals around these means, what is the best way to do that?  Should I still do it using -collapse-, or is
there a shortcut for plotting observed (as opposed to predicted or fitted)
means and their confidence intervals?
 
Thank
you for your help!  Lloyd Dumont

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