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Re: st: -tabplot- updated on SSC

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: -tabplot- updated on SSC
Date   Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:35:35 +0100

Thanks very much for the compliments.

The UCLA page you cite was the result of my Stata friends there
sampling some of my work but was not ever complete, nor I guess
intended to be.

A list of my Stata packages in the public domain is given in the help
for -njc_stuff- (SSC), which is fairly up-to-date, but also includes
some obsolete or superseded material. A better guide is the
-njc_best_stuff- help file in the same package.

My FAQs and articles in the STB and SJ can be found as usual by

. search cox, author [historical]


On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM, Ariel Linden, DrPH
<> wrote:
> Nick's genius is unsurpassed!
> As far as I am aware, the following site is the only place where one can
> find the entire collection of Nick Cox's artwork.
> Nick, is this site updated with all your graphs? Is there another location
> to find them as well?
> Ariel
> Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:45:29 +0100
> From: Nick Cox <>
> Subject: st: -tabplot- updated on SSC
> Thanks as usual to Kit Baum, the -tabplot- package on SSC has been updated.
> - -tabplot- works in Stata 8 up except that as advertised in
> <
> 8/Author/article-918.html>
> any users of Stata 8 or 9 downloading it will need to rename the
> tabplot.sthlp file to tabplot.hlp for it to be readable by their
> Stata.
> - -tabplot- offers an alternative to stacking bars or arranging them
> side by side; it arranges them in table form, in what on occasion I
> have called a table plot, or what can be called a one-way, two-way or
> three-way bar chart.
> By default -tabplot- calculates and shows cell frequencies (percents
> etc.) for one, two or three categorical variables, but with a little
> effort it can be subverted to show any cell summary for such a
> cross-classification. There are several small virtues to such a
> format. One is that values can be shown alongside bars, thereby
> hybridising graph and table. Another is that very small frequencies
> (more generally values) are more evident to inspection. (In a stacked
> bar chart, for example, such values are easy to miss as thin slivers
> of a different colour.)
> The update is twofold. First, I continue to add references to
> occurrences of this kind of plot and remain very open to new
> references, especially old or interesting ones. Although when you see
> such a plot, the idea will seem very simple and obvious to you, they
> remain far less common than (e.g.) stacked bar charts.
> Second, Marcello Pagano kindly alerted me to a small but careless bug,
> which I have fixed. (If it had bit you, you would have noticed.)
> Incidentally, some readers might be aware of -tableplot- (SSC) and
> wonder about the difference. -tableplot- is not being maintained by
> me; the intention is that what you can do with -tableplot- you can do
> with -tabplot-, although with different syntax. It's best to switch
> and learn the difference, as -tableplot- is going nowhere new.
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