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st: RE: Wish List Re: Graphs |

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Tue, 19 Nov 2002 09:26:00 -0000 |

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Nick
[email protected]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [email protected]
> [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of SamL
> Sent: 19 November 2002 01:32
> To: Stata Listserve
> Cc: [email protected]
> Subject: st: Wish List Re: Graphs
>
>
> I am sending this to the stata list because I use the Unix
> version in a
> shared environment, and owing to many complexities I have
> not used the
> graphics of stata. But, I am thinking of buying a laptop
> and graphics
> would be a consideration for statistical software
> purchases. The laptop
> may run Linux, I'm still thinkin', but the big question
> concerns effort.
> Before I invest great effort in learning how to use the
> graphics in stata,
> maybe some set of people can confirm the wisdom of making
> the investment,
> or warn me to look elsewhere for a solution to some graphic
> aims I have. I
> also hope that this note will be of use to others.
>
> My graphics wishlist:
>
> 1)I want to be able to write down a function (e.g., Y=b0 + b1*X1;
> Pr(y=1)=(e(b0+b1*X1))/(1+e(b0+b1*X1)) ) and have it graphed.
>
> 2)I want to be able to write down multiple functions, and
> have them appear
> on the same graph (I will need 6 different functions in my current
> application).
>
> 3)I want to be able to have a legend saying what lines go with what
> function.
>
> 4)I want to be able to provide a series that tells where
> the tick marks
> should be. Something like (xtick=0,.1, .2, .3, . . . ,
> 1.0). This would
> be of most use, of course, if the graph started at .27, but
> I still wanted
> tick marks on the .3, .4, and such, not at wierd values.
>
> 5)I want the graph to have a range for the axes, but I also
> want to be
> able to specify *different* limits for each function. In
> pictures, using
> two lines as illustration, I want to be able to do
> something like the
> following:
>
> | /
> | ./
> | /.
> | .
> | .
> |_________
>
> The dashed line going up (from left to right) does not have
> the same range
> in X as the dotted line (the dotted line is going down from left to
> right). This is not a feature of the function but is,
> instead, a feature
> of the data used to estimate the model that produced the
> function; the
> range of X is smaller for one group than the other, so I
> don't want the
> line for any group to exceed the range of the data from
> which I estimated
> the function.
>
> 6)The above is great, but it would also be nice to draw the
> line over the
> full range of X, and mark certain points on each line. The
> figure below
> illustrates what I mean
>
> |. /
> | - -
> | ./
> | /.
> | / _
> |- .
> /______
>
> This would let me have my cake (the horizontal lines
> showing the limits of
> defensible if slightly improper inference) and eat it too
> (the full line,
> showing the logical implications if all groups had the same
> range--useful
> perhaps only for illustration, not inference.
>
> The above could be secured by shading, symbols, or whatever.
>
> 7)Multiple lines for titles.
>
> 8)Easy ability to switch between landscape and portrait
> page orientation.
>
> 9)Now, this is really(!) tough, but would be ***great***!
> This is more
> for presentation in a class or among a group of
> non-statisticians. I'd
> love to estimate a model on some data, then have it draw
> the line showing
> the predicted values on some Y given some (varying) X, at
> means on the
> other Xs (or at prespecified values for categorical data),
> and THEN let me
> re-estimate the model with another X added (X_new)
> (ideally, as suggested
> by the students in the class), and THEN let me draw the old
> X-Y relation
> and another line (dashed, let's say) with the new X-Y
> relation (once the
> X_new) is controlled. I can think of nothing more able to
> quickly convey
> to students the value of statistical modelling. I admit
> this is the outer
> limit of my wish list at this time.
>
> Can Stata do these things in the graphics module?
>
> Thanks for any assistance you can provide. And, I
> apologize if this wish
> list causes anyone any pain or frustration.
>
> Thanks.
> Sam
>
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