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st: Re: Tempvars with ylabel

From   "Michael Blasnik" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Re: Tempvars with ylabel
Date   Tue, 8 Jun 2004 14:46:53 -0400

ylabel and xlabel both want a list of numbers -- they do not accept variable
names.  If you put the value of the mean in a local macro, you can use that
as an argument.  The reference line could also be drawn with yline and using
the value of the mean in a macro. you don't need to use a variable and
include it as a avriable, but of course Stata will graph a constant if you

Michael Blasnik
[email protected]

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Simmons" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 2:35 PM
Subject: st: Tempvars with ylabel

> Is it possible to use tempvars (or some other Stata variable) to specify
> values with the -ylabel- command? I have tried
> -tempvar Mean-
> -ylabel(`Mean', axis(2))-
> but it gives me the error
> "invalid label specifier, :  __000000:".
> It appears to be evaluating to the macro name, but not the stored
> value. I have tried using compound quotes, but get similar results.
> I am attempting to build a .do file that will automate the graphing of
> data that varies such that `Mean' could be different at each run of the
> file. I use -graph twoway line `Mean'- to generate a reference line on
> my graph and it works as expected. It just doesn't seem quite right to
> me that I can use the temporary variable to draw the graph, but not to
> label it.
> Thank you for your assistance.
> Doug A. Simmons, MBA
> Director of Research and Statistics
> Larned State Hospital
> R.R. 3, Box 89
> Larned, Kansas  USA  67550
> [email protected]
> 620-285-4562 voice
> 620-285-4579 fax
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