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Controlling xaxis when using VBAR with dates

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Controlling xaxis when using VBAR with dates

rIs it possible to control the xaxis (category axis) when using VBAR in the SG procedures? I have 40 months and want to show stacked bars where each bar height is a population and the stacks are comprised of population subcategories.

The issue is that the xaxis is unreadable. None of the xaxis options for time values are effective with VBAR.

Can I get around this with GTL? It's proving to be an enormous time sink, and I don't think that having a bar chart with time as the xaxis is that unreasonable a thing to try to do...

Thanks,

Jed

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Re: Controlling xaxis when using VBAR with dates

Assuming I understand the problem you have with the xaxis, I would use a format (either a built in format or a custom one) to display the date variables as you need.  For example:

data sale;
set sashelp.prdsale;
format month MONYY7.;
run;

proc sgplot data=sale;
vbar month/response=actual group=product groupdisplay=stack;
run;

If that doesn't work for you, more detail would be helpful in terms of what you want to see on the x axis.

SAS Super FREQ
Posts: 890

Re: Controlling xaxis when using VBAR with dates

If the problem is too many tick values, you can can specify FITPOLICY=THIN on the XAXIS statement to help with that.

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