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Re: st: Problems with producing an acceptable Forest plot

From   Thomas Stein <>
Subject   Re: st: Problems with producing an acceptable Forest plot
Date   Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:13:54 +0200

Am 03.08.2012 15:46, schrieb Roger B. Newson:
You don't say what version of -meta- you are using, or what version of Stata you are using. However, I suspect that you are using an out-of-date meta-analysis program, especially if its name is -meta- and not -metan-, and if your Stata version is recent enough to have a graphics editor. You should probably download an up-to-date version of -metan-, which (as I understand it) can be found by typing, in Stata,

net sj 9-2 sbe24_3

and installing the required packages.

A possible alternative might be to download the -parmest-, -parmhet- and -eclplot- packages from SSC, and to use the -metaparm- module of -parmest-, together with -parmhet- and -eclplot-, to do a customized meta-analysis. However, -metan- usually gives a more instant solution for most of the users, most of the time.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
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On 03/08/2012 14:20, ThomasStata wrote:
Hey there,

I'm urgently in need of help. After days of search and talkms with so called
experts I'm still as smart as before.:-(

I'm doing a meta-analysis with the meta-command like this:

"meta var1 se_var1, graph (r) id(region) cline xline (0.06,0.075) fmult(3)
b2title (Prevalences) xlab (0.050, 0.055, 0.060,

But the produced forest plot is not acceptable. The graph editor does not work for this kind of plot. And nobody knew why this is like this. Can you
help me with that?

And the biggrest problem for me is now that the regions are anumber of about 100. That means, that 100 regions on the x-axis is completely impossible to show my professors, it does not fit on one A4-page, so besides some graphic optimizations I of course need to cut the plot, make two or more parts of
it. Can anyone please help me?

Thank you very much in advance.


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Thank you for your quick reply. Well, I'm using Stata-version 10.1 (2010). Both commands are available, but I use meta, because many options are not possible in metan, e.g., graph(r), cline, xline and so on....

Okay, but I will try the other commands you recommended to me, too. Thanks for your help,

Best, Thomas
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