# st: RE: Crowded axis title and labels

 From "Nick Cox" <[email protected]> To <[email protected]> Subject st: RE: Crowded axis title and labels Date Sun, 9 Jan 2005 16:32:14 -0000

```You have a variable -Years- with values 1 to 5.

You need a variable (-years-, say) with values
1980 1985 1990 1995 2002.

You could do this some simple but tedious way
like

gen years = 1980 if Years == 1
replace years = 1985 if Years == 2
replace years = 1990 if Years == 3
replace years = 1995 if Years == 4
replace years = 2002 if Years == 5

or you could do something like

gen years = Years
recode years 1=1980 2=1985 3=1990 4=1995 5=2002

or you could do something like

gen years = cond(Years < 5, 1975 + (5 * Years), 2002)

or you could do something like

gen year = real(word("1980 1985 1990 1995 2002", Years))

Nick
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Ramani Gunatilaka

> Dear Nick,
> Thanks so much. -ysc(titlegap(1))- worked a treat.
> I take your point 3 about the gap between 1995 and 2002. The
> thing is, those are my survey years, so there's no data in
> between. If I can trouble you further, can you please tell me
> how I can plot time literally for this kind of data?

> Nick Cox <[email protected]> wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > Nick
> > [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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