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New graphic schemes for Stata: plotplain and plottig


Bischof, Daniel (2017). New graphic schemes for Stata: plotplain and plottig. The Stata Journal, 17(3):748-759.

Abstract

While Stata’s computational capabilities have intensively increased over the last decade, the quality of its default graphic schemes is still a matter of debate among users. Some of the arguments speaking against Stata’s default graphic design are subject to individual taste but others are not, for example, horizontal labeling, unnecessary background tinting, missing gridlines, and oversized markers. In this article, I present two new graphic schemes, plotplain and plottig, that attempt to address these concerns. These schemes provide users a set of 21 colors, of which 7 colors are distinguishable for people suffering from color blindness. I also give an introduction on how users can program their own graphic schemes.

Abstract

While Stata’s computational capabilities have intensively increased over the last decade, the quality of its default graphic schemes is still a matter of debate among users. Some of the arguments speaking against Stata’s default graphic design are subject to individual taste but others are not, for example, horizontal labeling, unnecessary background tinting, missing gridlines, and oversized markers. In this article, I present two new graphic schemes, plotplain and plottig, that attempt to address these concerns. These schemes provide users a set of 21 colors, of which 7 colors are distinguishable for people suffering from color blindness. I also give an introduction on how users can program their own graphic schemes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Mathematics (miscellaneous)
Uncontrolled Keywords:plotplain, plottig, graphic scheme, colorblind
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:25 Aug 2017 13:11
Last Modified:08 Apr 2020 21:22
Publisher:Stata Press
ISSN:1536-867X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1536867X1701700313
Related URLs:https://www.stata.com/meeting/switzerland16/slides/bischof-switzerland16.pdf (Organisation)

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