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Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata 13 wishlist
Date   Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:23:39 +0000

MATLAB [sic] uses a different structure for graphs as I understand it,
in which you can modify an existing graph by issuing later commands.
That's a great idea, but it's never been the way the production of
Stata graphs works. It _is_ (loosely) the way that the Graph Editor
works. The two modes fit together a bit awkwardly, and the awkwardness
bites here.


On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM, JVerkuilen (Gmail)
<> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
>> What is "the syntax"?
> I mean syntax that would regenerate the graph I just created and then
> edited, I guess. Matlab does this very well.
>> The Graph Recorder echoes how the Editor works, which is not by
>> reissuing -graph- commands one by one.
> I'll have to give it a try. I keep finding that Stata does have
> features I want, I just don't always know where they are or what their
> full power is. I'm suspecting that's true for a lot of us, even if
> we've used the software for a while.
>> All graph users would like to see a single -graph- command that would
>> produce the final graph, but I gather that's not possible in general.
> Pity.
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