With Prism 6 Mac (up to 6.0f) Survival graph, the horizontal line starting at the Y Axis disappears when the X Axis range is changed from zero.

Last modified December 12, 2014

When creating a survival graph type, Prism automatically computes percent survival at each time starting at 100% survival at the Y Axis. 

Manually adjusting the X Axis range, from the X Axis tab of the Format Axes dialog, causes the X Axis line at zero to disappear.  Note: this is also true for XY graphs with connecting lines.  This is a bug in Prism 6 Mac up to 6.0f, which we’ll fix this in the next update. 


Bug details:   

If you double click on the X Axis to go Format Axes dialog and then unselect the “Automatically determine the range and interval” box and change the Minimum Range of the X axis from zero, the horizontal line at 100% does not extend to the Y axis as it should.

There are two workarounds.

Workaround 1:

Start the range of the X Axis at zero and then make a discontinuous axis.  This is a choice in the top left of the X Axis tab of the Format Axes dialog.  You'll need to try a few range settings to make both sides of the discontinuous X Axis look right.

Workaround 2:

Select the entire survival proportions results table that shows the percent survival as a function of time and copy it to the clipboard. Then, drop the file menu create choose to create a "New Data Table and Graph...".  Create a new XY data table and paste the results into the new XY data table. Next, in row 1 of the data table, insert a new row and add the minimum X value you plan to use on the graph, with that X and Y=100. Finally, from the Format Axes dialog, adjust the axis and graph settings to get the graph to look the way you want. 

Keywords: top line dissapears at zero

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