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st: Stata 8 graphics

From   "R. Allan Reese" <>
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Subject   st: Stata 8 graphics
Date   Tue, 17 Jun 2003 16:20:25 +0100 (BST)

I have some bad news and good news:

Under Stata 7 you could (still can) draw any self-designed plot using the
gph commands starting with a blank screen.  That system seems to have been
abandoned - you have to start from a basic graph type.  I mention this
because of a couple of recent requests could have been met by writing a
program of gph calls.

The good news is that hist is a two-way graph type, so text can be added
to it or it can be overlaid with another twoway type.  You can combine it,
for example, with a oneway plot:

(using auto data)

gen zero=0
gen one=1
twoway (hist mpg, freq ) (rspike one zero mpg)

or label areas of interest
hist mpg, ylabel(,angle(h)) xline(30) text( 0.05 30.1 "Lowest acceptable", place(e))

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