Stata figure schemes

I do not like the default stata figure schemes and many of my colleagues do not like them either. So far I handled this problem by typing exhausting syntaxes in order to work around the issues involved in stata’s default figure schemes. Now I decided to solve the issue by coding my own stata figure scheme. I produced two schemes: blind & colorblind. Both are essentially the same, but colorblind uses colors which are distinguishable for colorblind people (for more info why this matters see here & here) while blind uses shades of gray. This is essentially how your figures will look like if you use colorblind (figures on the left are plotted using the s2color scheme; figures on the right use colorblind):

Scatterplots Comparison
Scatterplots Comparison
Marginsplot Comparison
Marginsplot Comparison
Overview of Colors Used in Colorblind
Overview of Colors Used in Colorblind

The newest version of the schemes can now be downloaded within Stata. In Stata type:

ssc install blindschemes, replace all

set scheme plotplainblind, permanently

to find a short summary of what the schemes do, type: h plotplainblind

I also wrote a paper on what the schemes essentially do, which you can find here. Please let me know whether you encounter any problems with the schemes. They are still in a sort of test phase before they will be submitted to the stata ssc archive. I hope you enjoy the schemes!

Notice: Code comes free, but programmers put a lot of work into it. Thus, please cite programmers’ papers/publications introducing code.

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