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Speaking Stata: Graphing categorical and compositional data


  • Nicholas J. Cox

    () (University of Durham, UK)


A variety of graphs have been devised for categorical and compositional data, ranging from widely familiar to more unusual displays. Both official Stata commands and user-written programs are available. After a stacking trick for binary responses is explained, bar charts and related displays for cross-tabulations are discussed in detail. Tips and tricks are introduced for plotting cumulative distributions of graded (ordinal) data. Triangular plots are explained for threeway compositions, such as three proportions or percentages. Copyright 2004 by StataCorp LP.

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  • Nicholas J. Cox, 2004. "Speaking Stata: Graphing categorical and compositional data," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 4(2), pages 190-213, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:4:y:2004:i:2:p:190-213

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    Cited by:

    1. Nicholas J. Cox, 2008. "Speaking Stata: Spineplots and their kin," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 8(1), pages 105-121, February.
    2. Ben Jann, 2005. "Tabulation of multiple responses," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 5(1), pages 93-122, March.
    3. Nicholas J. Cox, 2009. "Speaking Stata: I. J. Good and quasi-Bayes smoothing of categorical frequencies," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 9(2), pages 306-314, June.


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