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Re: st: distortion in map created with spmap

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: distortion in map created with spmap
Date   Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:50:28 +0000

The nub of the complaint is somebody else's report that the .eps
version is "distorted", but there is still nothing detailed to discuss
under that heading.

Find out exactly why your editor says that. Is that a question of
aspect ratio? map projection not being what the editor expects or
demands? detailed damage inside the map? what precisely?

If the complaint is that .gph is fine but the .eps is not, is this a
query about -spmap- (user-written from SSC) or about Stata's
conversion to .eps?

Does your editor agree that the .gph version is fine? If your editor
hasn't seen it, it is difficult to know what precisely is being
complained about.


On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 3:53 AM, Michel Serafinelli
<> wrote:

> I am creating a map at US county level using spmap in Stata 11. When I
> open the .gph file in Stata, my county level map looks fine to me. But
> then once i convert the .gph into .eps format, this file is not
> workable because the shape is distorted, according to the person which
> is editing the book for which I am preparing the map.
> I am using the shapefile c_01ja11.shp downloaded from the NOAA website.
> This is the same website from which the shapefile is obtained by
> authors of the FAQ “How do I graph data onto a map with spmap”(
> The only difference is that the map in their example is at state
> level, while my map is at county level.
> I tried with a older shapefile (2000 Census file instead of the 2011
> downloaded from the NOAA website) but the result is the same. It
> cannot be printed by the editor.
> Please let me know if you have any suggestion, thanks!
> I had sent already a message on this, but my question was probably too
> unclear. I hope to have provided more information in this message.

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