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st: changing bar order on twoway bar chart

From   Ben Cooper <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: changing bar order on twoway bar chart
Date   Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:14:15 +0000


I have a graph dilemma that I can not solve. I have successfully used the syntax below from the URL ( to create a two-way horizontal bar chart depicting odds ratios and CIs above and below the value of 1.

twoway bar  estimate axis, base(1) horizontal barw(.70) color("0 0 192") scheme(s1color) ///
            xline(1) ylab(, valuelabel angle(0)) ||     ///
            rcap min95 max95 axis, horizontal  lwidth(medthick) lcolor("255 127 0") msize(large) ///
            title("Outcome: Disconnected")  ///
            legend(order(1 "point estimate" 2 "95% CI") pos(6))             

The problem is that Stata sorts the bars in order of the magnitude of the odds ratio and this simply will not work for my project. I know I can do custom bar sorting with the 'graph hbar x, over(y)' command but then I lose the ability to use the rcap option for error bars and the base(1) option to set the bars starting at 1 (since they are ORs). I have tried creating each bar separately and putting all on one graph but Stata still continues to sort the bars based on the value in the variable estimate. I certainly like all the features of the twoway bar approach, except this one issue of not being able to sort the bars. However, at this point, I am open to any and all suggestions or approaches.


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