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st: RE: Re: Crowded axis title and labels

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: Re: Crowded axis title and labels
Date   Sat, 8 Jan 2005 15:01:07 -0000

Comments on various levels: 

1. In any paper I was reviewing or editing I 
would strongly suggest changing labels like 
10.0 to 50.0 to 10 to 50, if that is the 
problem. The extra ".0" is not informative
or decorative. 

2. Try the option -ysc(titlegap())-. 

3. As in point #1 I would always recommend 
plotting time literally for this kind 
of data. Your last gap of 
7 years should not be plotted as equivalent 
to the other gaps of 5 years. Many texts 
on graphics make this point, most recently 
Howard Wainer's "Graphic discovery", 
Princeton U.P. 2005. 

[email protected] 

Ramani Gunatilaka

> I am trying to plot income shares by quintile for five survey years.
> My problem is that the graph that the following command 
> generates places the y-axis title too close to the y-axis so 
> that it gets super-imposed on the axis labels and makes the 
> graph looks messy.
> I have looked at the graphics manual and experimented with 
> the options graphregion, marginstyle, position, ring and 
> justification, but have not been able to solve the problem.
> twoway (line Quintile1 Quintile2 Quintile3 Quintile4 
> Quintile5 Year), ylabel(0(10.0)50.0) ytitle( "Share of Income 
> %") xlabel(1 "1980" 2 "1985" 3 "1990" 4 "1995" 5 "2002") 
> xtitle( "Year" ) leg(rows(1)) 

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