Drawing NYT’s spiral plot in Stata

Asjad Naqvi
The Stata Gallery
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6 min readJun 17, 2022

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In this guide we will learn to make the following spiral plot in Stata:

This figure first appeared in the New York Times in Jan 2022 and caused quite a bit of a controversy. First, the spiral itself makes it hard to compare the values. For example, the intersections represent 2020, 2021, and 2022 going from inside out. Therefore, the scales vary. Second, graphs made in polar coordinates are never a…

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Asjad Naqvi
The Stata Gallery

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