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st: RE: meta-analysis graphs with metan

From   "Steichen, Thomas J." <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: meta-analysis graphs with metan
Date   Tue, 22 Mar 2005 15:52:47 -0500

Looking at the code for metan, it is clear that a single text size is used for both the counts and the study ids, both being resized
equally by option -texts()-. It would be possible to add additional options to allow separate control of different types of text but
that would require substantial editing of the code.  Similarly, positions of the count columns are hard-coded to work with the stats
and weights columns; changing these also would require major editing.  Short of rewriting the ado, there is no way to customize
these features.


Thomas J. Steichen
[email protected]
  Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of 
> Michael McCulloch
> Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 1:24 PM
> To: Statalist
> Subject: st: meta-analysis graphs with metan
> Metan is a very useful routine for calculating summary effect 
> measures. 
> However, I am having a problem with balancing text size of study ID 
> (namevar) with the width of the text columns where event counts are 
> displayed. Here's the problem:
> 1. If I set texts to display at full size texts=1, then the 
> text for the 
> event counts in group 1 overlaps with that of group 2.
> 2. If I set texts to display at reduced size (texts=0.7), 
> then the event 
> counts text columns are properly separated, but the study ID 
> text (namevar) 
> is so small it is unsuitable for publication.
> I should add that the # of events is large, four digits, 
> making the display 
> issue more problematic. Techniques for customizing the graph are only 
> minimally documented in "help metan."
> I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions on how to customize the graph. 
> Especially helpful would be suggestions on how to increase the width 
> between the event counts text columns.
> Best wishes,
> Michael
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