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Re: st: Graph with Panel Data

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Graph with Panel Data
Date   Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:40:47 +0000

In turn, what do you think is distinctive about graphics for panel data?

If the essence is having several panels over several time periods,
then that is easy in principle but often a mess in practice. -xtline-
is a dedicated command.

Concretely in your case, 40 years is not a problem, but 120 countries
is, beyond showing and trying to make sense of lots of spaghetti
plots. You may need to select countries or think about appropriate
reductions of your data.


On 21 February 2014 19:30, Nirina F <> wrote:

> Fine line between discussion forum and help line: do you know of a
> guide book that helps with graphs for panel with stata please? Since I
> seem to not get it from help graph using panel with stata.
> Thanks
> On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
>> You can check yourself whether something reached the list by looking
>> at the archives.
>> As often emphasised, this is a discussion forum, not a help line. If
>> no one wants to pick up a question, it will just lie there.
>> Nick
>> On 21 February 2014 18:40, Nirina F <> wrote:
>>> Hi, Did this email go through? Could anyone please help?
>>> Thanks.
>>> On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Nirina F <> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Sorry if I am sending this twice but I had an issue with my email.
>>>> I have panel data and I am trying to graph the following.
>>>> I have 120 countries and 40 years of data. Then I have a list of
>>>> classifications of regions: western, southern etc....
>>>> I also created a variable that groups the years into decades by
>>>> recoding the year.
>>>> I have a list of variables income, consumption that l called xvar in global.
>>>> I collapsed the data by Country and decades
>>>> I have another collapse by Country and year ( By the way, is there a
>>>> way to go back to previous data without having to save the new
>>>> collapsed data?)
>>>> I have kept all the classification dummies while doing the collapse.
>>>> I know I could do export my data and do the graphs with excel but
>>>> Stata graphs look neater and beautiful so I was wondering if anyone
>>>> could help.
>>>> "I did read the statahelp but I somehow could not get the output graph
>>>> I would like- My output looked messy"
>>>> 1- I would like to get the sum of the variables xvars by
>>>> classifications(southern)
>>>> 2-I then would like to have a trend by year of the countries southern
>>>> vs. non-southern (since it is a dummy) [I would like to see a solid
>>>> line for southern through years and dotted lines for non-southern]
>>>> 3- I would like to repeat the same graph but instead of by year, by decades.
>>>> 4- I would like to do a stacked bar graph of 5 of my xvars by decades
>>>> by classifications
>>>> 4- I would like to do a stacked bar graph of 5 of my xvars by decades
>>>> for just 4 countries and the graphs are next to each other.
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