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Re: st: How to show variable label in a graph title


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: How to show variable label in a graph title
Date   Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:18:53 +0100

OK.

Quotation marks within the variable label might be one problem.

But I am guessing wildly.

It's still true that you are showing us program fragments, using
datasets we can't check, and yet expecting remote debugging from us.

I suspect we're going to need more code and testable examples to have
a (much) better chance of helping you.
Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com


On 24 October 2013 19:03, Song, Lin <Lin.Song@kingcounty.gov> wrote:
> Hi Nick,
>
> I actually copied Sergiy's commands and double checked the quotes.  Now I'm copying them back.
>
>
> local mytitle "`: variable label `1''"
> display `"label of `1' is `mytitle'"'
>
> So this does not seem to be due to unbalanced quotes.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Lin
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:57 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: How to show variable label in a graph title
>
> At a rough guess, your quotation marks weren't balanced, i.e. you didn't copy Sergiy's code exactly.
>
> The check is that quotes match in pairs just as do parentheses, brackets and braces in elementary algebra, namely
>
> ` '
> or
>
> " "
>
> or
>
> `" "'
>
>
>
> Nick
> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>
>
> On 24 October 2013 18:41, Song, Lin <Lin.Song@kingcounty.gov> wrote:
>> Hi Sergiy,
>>
>> I tried your codes.  At the display line, I got an error message:
>>
>> label of obese is
>> too few quotes
>> r(132);
>>
>> Here "obese" is my `1' variable.  I double checked the quotes (" and `) and they are balanced on both sides in both command lines.  Why does it say "too few quotes"?
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Lin
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Sergiy
>> Radyakin
>> Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:59 AM
>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>> Subject: Re: st: How to show variable label in a graph title
>>
>> Lin, try this:
>>
>> local mytitle "`: variable label `1''"
>> display `"label of `1' is `mytitle'"'
>> twoway (bar percent demoseq, color(green)) (rcap upper_ci lower_ci
>> demoseq), title(`"`mytitle"')
>>
>> Does it work? and do you see the title displayed?
>>
>> Best, Sergiy Radyakin
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Song, Lin <Lin.Song@kingcounty.gov> wrote:
>>> Hi Nick,
>>>
>>> I tried your code:
>>>
>>> title("`: var label `1''")
>>>
>>> However, it still does not work.
>>>
>>> If I only have title("`1'"), it would show the variable name.  I also
>>> tried to add span,
>>>
>>> title("`: var label `1''", span)
>>>
>>> but this still does not work.  Nothing shows up for the title.  For the variable I tried, the variable name has 5 letters and the variable label has 15.  So it does not seem to be due to the length of the variable label.
>>>
>>> Perhaps this is because the graph command is within a program for a dialog program.
>>>
>>> In the dialog program I have:
>>>
>>>
>>> if main.rb_2l {
>>>         put "rpt2_chi "
>>>         varlist main.var_1
>>>         put " "
>>>         varlist main.var_3
>>>         }
>>>
>>> Here, main.var_3 is the the `1' variable.
>>>
>>> Then in my "rpt2.chi" ado file, I have
>>>
>>> program define rpt2_chi
>>>         ......
>>>         ......
>>>
>>>         twoway (bar percent demoseq, color(green)) (rcap upper_ci
>>> lower_ci demoseq), title("`: var label `1''") end
>>>
>>> Do you have any idea why this is not working?
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>>
>>> Lin
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>>> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
>>> Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:14 AM
>>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>>> Subject: Re: st: How to show variable label in a graph title
>>>
>>> We can't explain what you did wrong without sight of code. As the
>>> variable here is -percent-, you could just go
>>>
>>> title("`: var label percent'")
>>>
>>> but if local macro 1 contains the variable name, this should work too:
>>>
>>> title("`: var label `1''")
>>>
>>> Some minor tricks of the trade can be seen by looking inside -aaplot-
>>> (SSC) and -multqplot- (SJ).
>>> Nick
>>> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>>>
>>>
>>> On 24 October 2013 17:08, Song, Lin <Lin.Song@kingcounty.gov> wrote:
>>>> Hi Stata experts,
>>>>
>>>> I'm generating graphs using a dialog program I created.  In the following command, the title is the variable name.  However, I would like the title to be the variable label.
>>>>
>>>> twoway (bar percent demoseq) (rcap upper_ci lower_ci demoseq),
>>>> title("`1'")  xlab(#29) ylabel(#5) ytitle("percent") legend(off)
>>>>
>>>> I tried using macro to show the variable label for `1' but could not make it work.
>>>>
>>>> Do you have a solution for this?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks a lot.
>>>>
>>>> Lin
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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