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GRAPH3D: Stata module to draw colored, scalable, rotatable 3D plots


  • Davud Rostam-Afschar

    () (Freie Universität Berlin
    DIW Berlin)

  • Robin Jessen

    (Freie Universität Berlin)

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graph3d draws a three dimensional plot given a dataset of three variables. Moving, scaling, and 360 degree rotating over all axes is fully supported. Parallel projections can be generated, however, the perspective option allows the user to produce a perspective projection of the data. The user simply has to provide the three variables and plot3d will plot small black circles indicating each data point by default. Plot3d can handle even four variables: three variables are plotted along the three axes, the fourth is represented by different colors/shapes of the markers. Three predefined colorschemes allow the user to emphasize how data points move along the specified axis. The marker colors and size can - among other options - be chosen according to the preferences of the user. Using Plot3d it is straightforward to produce animations to visualize the big picture. Typical use of the plot3d command include, to take an example from economics, to depict a budget constraint of a couple household. Other examples are: to use plot3d to illustrate how the utility level of a utility function depends on two arguments or to plot the indifference plane of a utility function that depends on three arguments.

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  • Davud Rostam-Afschar & Robin Jessen, 2014. "GRAPH3D: Stata module to draw colored, scalable, rotatable 3D plots," Statistical Software Components S457929, Boston College Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s457929
    Note: This module should be installed from within Stata by typing "ssc install graph3d". The module is made available under terms of the GPL v3 ( Windows users should not attempt to download these files with a web browser.

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    graphics; wireframe; scatter plots; three-dimensional; Stata;

    JEL classification:

    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities


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