- Paperback: 499 pages
- Publisher: Stata Press; 3 edition (7 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597181064
- ISBN-13: 978-1597181068
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics, Third Edition Paperback – 7 Feb 2012
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Michael Mitchell is a senior statistician in disaster preparedness and response. He is the author of Data Management Using Stata and Interpreting and Visualizing Regression Models Using Stata. Previously, he worked for 12 years as a statistical consultant and manager of the UCLA ATS Statistical Consulting Group. There, he envisioned the UCLA Statistical Consulting Resources website and hundreds of webpages about Stata.
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But there's a lot of redundant content here. In each chapter about a new graph type, you see the same options explained again. Once you know how the options work to change axes, titles, and legend for twoway plots, you shouldn't need to have it explained how to do the same for bar graphs, dot plots, box plots, pie charts, and so on. But that's exactly what the book does. In one chapter after another I found myself skipping over sections of what looked like the same content I'd already seen.
I have to say I didn't learn much from the book. For example, the author shows you how to build up a complex graph slowly, by adding options one at a time. Good advice, but by the time the book came I had already figured that out and then some, just by reading the help in Stata and trying things.
The interesting material is in just a few sections. The chapter on the graph editor has a good comparison of what changes are easiest to make in the graph editor versus graph commands, and how best to use the two together. The last chapter shows several kinds of interesting specialized plots, and how to combine multiple plots into one.
But overall what you get doesn't justify the high price of this book. It's not a book I'll need to look back at; I think I'll sell my copy.
If you use STATA as your primary analysis program, this book is a must have.