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BINSCATTER: Stata module to generate binned scatterplots


  • Michael Stepner



binscatter generates binned scatterplots, and is optimized for speed in large datasets. Binned scatterplots provide a non-parametric way of visualizing the relationship between two variables. With a large number of observations, a scatterplot that plots every data point would become too crowded to interpret visually. binscatter groups the x-axis variable into equal-sized bins, computes the mean of the x-axis and y-axis variables within each bin, then creates a scatterplot of these data points. It provides built-in options to control for covariates before plotting the relationship. It will also plot fit lines based on the underlying data, and can automatically handle regression discontinuities.

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  • Michael Stepner, 2013. "BINSCATTER: Stata module to generate binned scatterplots," Statistical Software Components S457709, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 24 Nov 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s457709
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