The following entries provide detailed descriptions of options specific to the QQPLOT statement. The notes Traditional Graphics, ODS Graphics, and Line Printer identify options that apply to traditional graphics, ODS Graphics output, and line printers plots, respectively. See Dictionary of Common Options: CAPABILITY Procedure for detailed descriptions of options common to all the plot statements.
specifies values for a mandatory shape parameter for QQ plots requested with the BETA, GAMMA, PARETO, and POWER options. A plot is created for each value specified. For examples, see the entries for the distribution options. If you specify ALPHA=EST, a maximum likelihood estimate is computed for .
creates a beta QQ plot for each combination of the shape parameters and given by the mandatory ALPHA= and BETA= options. If you specify ALPHA=EST and BETA=EST, a plot is created based on maximum likelihood estimates for and . In the following example, the first QQPLOT statement produces one plot, the second statement produces four plots, the third statement produces six plots, and the fourth statement produces one plot:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / beta(alpha=2 beta=2); qqplot width / beta(alpha=2 3 beta=1 2); qqplot width / beta(alpha=2 to 3 beta=1 to 2 by 0.5); qqplot width / beta(alpha=est beta=est); run;
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where is the inverse normalized incomplete beta function, n is the number of nonmissing observations, and and are the shape parameters of the beta distribution.
The point pattern on the plot for ALPHA= and BETA= tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are beta distributed with the specific density function
where , and lower threshold parameter scale parameter first shape parameter second shape parameter
To obtain graphical estimates of and , specify lists of values for the ALPHA= and BETA= options, and select the combination of and that most nearly linearizes the point pattern. To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line with intercept and slope with the betaoptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and slope with the betaoptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses, as in the following example:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / beta(alpha=2 beta=3 theta=4 sigma=5); run;
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the beta distribution with parameters , , , and is a good fit. You can specify the SCALE= option as an alias for the SIGMA= option and the THRESHOLD= option as an alias for the THETA= option.
specifies values for the shape parameter for QQ plots requested with the BETA distribution option. A plot is created for each value specified with the BETA= option. If you specify BETA=EST, a maximum likelihood estimate is computed for . For examples, see the preceding entry for the BETA distribution option.
specifies the shape parameter c (c > 0) for QQ plots requested with the WEIBULL and WEIBULL2 options. You must specify C= as a Weibulloption with the WEIBULL option; in this situation it accepts a list of values, or if you specify C=EST, a maximum likelihood estimate is computed for c. You can optionally specify C=value or C=EST as a Weibull2option with the WEIBULL2 option to request a distribution reference line; in this situation, you must also specify SIGMA=value or SIGMA=EST. For an example, see Output 5.23.1.
Traditional Graphicsspecifies the color for the grid lines associated with the quantile axis, requested by the GRID option.
Traditional Graphicsdraws reference lines extending from the intersections of the specification limits with the distribution reference line to the quantile axis in plots requested with the NORMAL option. Specify CPKREF in parentheses after the NORMAL option. You can use the CPKREF option with the CPKSCALE option for graphical estimation of the capability indices CPU, CPL, and , as illustrated in Output 5.24.1.
rescales the quantile axis in units for plots requested with the NORMAL option. Specify CPKSCALE in parentheses after the NORMAL option. You can use the CPKSCALE option with the CPKREF option for graphical estimation of the capability indices CPU, CPL, and , as illustrated in Output 5.24.1.
creates an exponential QQ plot. To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where n is the number of nonmissing observations.
The pattern on the plot tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are exponentially distributed with the specific density function

where is the threshold parameter, and is the scale parameter .
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line with intercept and slope with the exponentialoptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and slope with the exponentialoptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses, as in the following example: as in the following example:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / exponential(theta=4 sigma=5); run;
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the exponential distribution with parameters and is a good fit. You can specify the SCALE= option as an alias for the SIGMA= option and the THRESHOLD= option as an alias for the THETA= option.
creates a gamma QQ plot for each value of the shape parameter given by the mandatory ALPHA= option or its alias, the SHAPE= option. The following example produces three probability plots:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / gamma(alpha=0.4 to 0.6 by 0.1); run;
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where is the inverse normalized incomplete gamma function, n is the number of nonmissing observations, and is the shape parameter of the gamma distribution.
The pattern on the plot for ALPHA= tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are gamma distributed with the specific density function
where threshold parameter scale parameter shape parameter
To obtain a graphical estimate of , specify a list of values for the ALPHA= option, and select the value that most nearly linearizes the point pattern.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line with intercept and slope with the gammaoptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the gammaoptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses, as in the following example:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / gamma(alpha=2 theta=3 sigma=4); run;
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the gamma distribution with parameters , , and is a good fit. You can specify the SCALE= option as an alias for the SIGMA= option and the THRESHOLD= option as an alias for the THETA= option.
creates a Gumbel QQ plot. To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where n is the number of nonmissing observations.
The point pattern on the plot tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are Gumbel distributed with the specific density function

where is a location parameter and is a positive scale parameter.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line corresponding to and with the Gumbeloptions MU= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the Gumbeloptions MU=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses following the GUMBEL option.
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the Gumbel distribution with parameters and is a good fit.
draws reference lines perpendicular to the quantile axis at major tick marks.
specifies the name of a LEGEND statement describing the legend for specification limit reference lines and fitted curves. Specifying LEGEND=NONE is equivalent to specifying the NOLEGEND option.
Traditional Graphicsspecifies the line type for the grid lines associated with the quantile axis, requested by the GRID option.
creates a lognormal QQ plot for each value of the shape parameter given by the mandatory SIGMA= option or its alias, the SHAPE= option. For example,
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width/ lognormal(shape=1.5 2.5); run;
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where is the inverse cumulative standard normal distribution, n is the number of nonmissing observations, and is the shape parameter of the lognormal distribution.
The pattern on the plot for SIGMA= tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are lognormally distributed with the specific density function
where threshold parameter scale parameter shape parameter
To obtain a graphical estimate of , specify a list of values for the SIGMA= option, and select the value that most nearly linearizes the point pattern. For an illustration, see Example 5.22.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line corresponding to the threshold parameter and the scale parameter with the lognormaloptions THETA= and ZETA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the lognormaloptions THETA=EST and ZETA=EST. This line has intercept and slope . Agreement between the line and the point pattern indicates that the lognormal distribution with parameters , , and is a good fit. See Output 5.22.4 for an example. You can specify the THRESHOLD= option as an alias for the THETA= option and the SCALE= option as an alias for the ZETA= option.
You can also display the reference line by specifying THETA=, and you can specify the slope with the SLOPE= option. For example, the following two QQPLOT statements produce charts with identical reference lines:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / lognormal(sigma=2 theta=3 zeta=1); qqplot width / lognormal(sigma=2 theta=3 slope=2.718); run;
specifies a value for the mean for a QQ plot requested with the GUMBEL and NORMAL options. For the normal distribution, you can specify MU=EST to request a distribution reference line with intercept equal to the sample mean, as illustrated in Figure 5.40. If you specify MU=EST for the Gumbel distribution, a maximum likelihood estimate is calculated.
specifies the adjustment value added to the sample size in the calculation of theoretical quantiles. The default is , as described by Blom (1958). Also refer to Chambers et al. (1983) for additional information.
suppresses legends for specification limits, fitted curves, distribution lines, and hidden observations. For an example, see Output 5.24.1.
suppresses the legend for the optional distribution reference line.
Line Printersuppresses the legend that indicates the number of hidden observations.
creates a normal QQ plot. This is the default if you do not specify a distribution option. To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where is the inverse cumulative standard normal distribution, and n is the number of nonmissing observations.
The pattern on the plot tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are normally distributed with the specific density function

where is the mean, and is the standard deviation .
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line with intercept and slope with the normaloptions MU= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the normaloptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST; the estimates of and are the sample mean and sample standard deviation. Specify these options in parentheses, as in the following example:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot length / normal(mu=10 sigma=0.3); run;
For an example, see Adding a Distribution Reference Line. Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the normal distribution with parameters and is a good fit. You can specify MU=EST and SIGMA=EST to request a distribution reference line with the sample mean and sample standard deviation as the intercept and slope.
Other normaloptions include CPKREF and CPKSCALE. The CPKREF option draws reference lines extending from the intersections of specification limits with the distribution reference line to the theoretical quantile axis. The CPKSCALE option rescales the theoretical quantile axis in units. You can use the CPKREF option with the CPKSCALE option for graphical estimation of the capability indices CPU, CPL, and , as illustrated in Output 5.24.1.
suppresses the legend for specification limit reference lines. For an example, see Figure 5.40.
creates a generalized Pareto QQ plot for each value of the shape parameter given by the mandatory ALPHA= option. If you specify ALPHA=EST, a plot is created based on a maximum likelihood estimate for .
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile () or (), where n is the number of nonmissing observations and is the shape parameter of the generalized Pareto distribution.
The point pattern on the plot for ALPHA= tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are generalized Pareto distributed with the specific density function

where threshold parameter scale parameter shape parameter
To obtain a graphical estimate of , specify a list of values for the ALPHA= option, and select the value that most nearly linearizes the point pattern.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line corresponding to and with the Paretooptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the Paretooptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses following the PARETO option.
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the generalized Pareto distribution with parameters , , and is a good fit.
adds a nonlinear percentile axis along the frame of the QQ plot opposite the theoretical quantile axis. The added axis is identical to the axis for probability plots produced with the PROBPLOT statement. When using the PCTLAXIS option, you must specify HREF= values in quantile units, and you cannot use the NOFRAME option. You can specify the following axisoptions:
specifies the color used for grid lines.
draws grid lines perpendicular to the percentile axis at major tick marks.
specifies the character used to draw grid lines associated with the percentile axis on line printer plots.
specifies the label for the percentile axis.
specifies the line type used for grid lines associated with the percentile axis.
specifies the thickness for grid lines associated with the percentile axis.
See CAPQQ1 in the SAS/QC Sample LibraryFor example, the following statements display the plot in Figure 5.41:
ods graphics off; symbol v=plus; title 'Normal QuantileQuantile Plot for Hole Distance'; proc capability data=Sheets noprint; qqplot Distance / normal(mu=est sigma=est color=black) nolegend pctlaxis(grid lgrid=35 label='Normal Percentiles'); run;
Figure 5.41: Normal QQ Plot with Percentile Axis
Traditional Graphicsrequests minor tick marks for the percentile axis displayed when you use the PCTLAXIS option. See the entry for the PCTLAXIS option for an example.
See CAPQQ1 in the SAS/QC Sample Libraryrequests scale labels for the theoretical quantile axis in percentile units, resulting in a nonlinear axis scale. Tick marks are drawn uniformly across the axis based on the quantile scale. In all other respects, the plot remains the same, and you must specify HREF= values in quantile units. For a true nonlinear axis, use the PCTLAXIS option or use the PROBPLOT statement. For example, the following statements display the plot in Figure 5.42:
symbol v=plus; title 'Normal QuantileQuantile Plot for Hole Distance'; proc capability data=Sheets noprint; spec lsl=9.5 usl=10.5; qqplot Distance / normal(mu=est sigma=est cpkref) pctlaxis(grid lgrid=35) nolegend pctlscale; run;
Figure 5.42: Normal QQ Plot for Reading Percentiles of Specification Limits
creates a power function QQ plot for each value of the shape parameter given by the mandatory ALPHA= option. If you specify ALPHA=EST, a plot is created based on a maximum likelihood estimate for .
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where is the inverse normalized incomplete beta function, n is the number of nonmissing observations, is one shape parameter of the beta distribution, and the second shape parameter, .
The point pattern on the plot for ALPHA= tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are power function distributed with the specific density function

where threshold parameter scale parameter shape parameter
To obtain a graphical estimate of , specify a list of values for the ALPHA= option, and select the value that most nearly linearizes the point pattern.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line corresponding to and with the poweroptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the poweroptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses following the POWER option.
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the power function distribution with parameters , , and is a good fit.
Line Printerspecifies the character used to plot the QQ points in line printer plots. The default is the plus sign ().
specifies the adjustment value added to the ranks in the calculation of theoretical quantiles. The default is , as described by Blom (1958). Also refer to Chambers et al. (1983) for additional information.
creates a Rayleigh QQ plot. To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where n is the number of nonmissing observations.
The point pattern on the plot tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are Rayleigh distributed with the specific density function

where is a threshold parameter, and is a positive scale parameter.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line corresponding to and with the Rayleighoptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the Rayleighoptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses after the RAYLEIGH option.
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the Rayleigh distribution with parameters and is a good fit.
switches the horizontal and vertical axes so that the theoretical percentiles are plotted vertically while the data are plotted horizontally. Regardless of whether the plot has been rotated, horizontal axis options (such as HAXIS=) refer to the horizontal axis, and vertical axis options (such as VAXIS=) refer to the vertical axis. All other options that depend on axis placement adjust to the rotated axes.
specifies the value of the distribution parameter , where . Alternatively, you can specify SIGMA=EST to request a maximum likelihood estimate for . The use of the SIGMA= option depends on the distribution option specified, as indicated by the following table:
Distribution Option 
Use of the SIGMA= Option 

THETA= and SIGMA= request a distribution reference 

line with intercept and slope . 

MU= and SIGMA= request a distribution reference line corresponding to and . 

SIGMA= requests n QQ plots with shape parameters . The SIGMA= option is mandatory. 

MU= and SIGMA= request a distribution reference line with intercept and slope . SIGMA=EST requests a slope equal to the sample standard deviation. 

SIGMA= and C= request a distribution reference line with intercept and slope . 
For an example using SIGMA=EST, see Output 5.24.1. For an example of lognormal plots using the SIGMA= option, see Example 5.22.
specifies the slope for a distribution reference line requested with the LOGNORMAL and WEIBULL2 options.
When you use the SLOPE= option with the LOGNORMAL option, you must also specify a threshold parameter value with the THETA= option. Specifying the SLOPE= option is an alternative to specifying ZETA=, which requests a slope of . See Output 5.22.4 for an example.
When you use the SLOPE= option with the WEIBULL2 option, you must also specify a scale parameter value with the SIGMA= option. Specifying the SLOPE= option is an alternative to specifying C=, which requests a slope of .
For example, the first and second QQPLOT statements that follow produce plots identical to those produced by the third and fourth QQPLOT statements:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / lognormal(sigma=2 theta=0 zeta=0); qqplot width / weibull2(sigma=2 theta=0 c=0.25); qqplot width / lognormal(sigma=2 theta=0 slope=1); qqplot width / weibull2(sigma=2 theta=0 slope=4); run;
For more information, see Graphical Estimation.
Traditional GraphicsODS Graphicsdisplays the QQ plot in a square frame. Compare Figure 5.39 with Figure 5.40. The default is a rectangular frame.
Line Printerspecifies the character used for a distribution reference line in a line printer plot. The default character is the first letter of the distribution option keyword.
specifies the lower threshold parameter for QQ plots requested with the BETA, EXPONENTIAL, GAMMA, LOGNORMAL, PARETO, POWER, RAYLEIGH, WEIBULL, and WEIBULL2 options.
When used with the WEIBULL2 option, the THETA= option specifies the known lower threshold , for which the default is 0. See Output 5.23.2 for an example.
When used with the other distribution options, the THETA= option specifies for a distribution reference line; alternatively in this situation, you can specify THETA=EST to request a maximum likelihood estimate for . To request the line, you must also specify a scale parameter. See Output 5.22.4 for an example of the THETA= option with a lognormal QQ plot.
creates a threeparameter Weibull QQ plot for each value of the shape parameter c given by the mandatory C= option or its alias, the SHAPE= option. For example,
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / weibull(c=1.8 to 2.4 by 0.2); run;
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the ith ordered observation is plotted against the quantile , where n is the number of nonmissing observations, and c is the Weibull distribution shape parameter.
The pattern on the plot for C=c tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are Weibull distributed with the specific density function

where is the threshold parameter, is the scale parameter , and c is the shape parameter (c > 0).
To obtain a graphical estimate of c, specify a list of values for the C= option, and select the value that most nearly linearizes the point pattern. For an illustration, see Example 5.23. To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line with intercept and slope with the Weibulloptions THETA= and SIGMA=. Alternatively, you can add a line corresponding to estimated values of and with the Weibulloptions THETA=EST and SIGMA=EST. Specify these options in parentheses, as in the following example:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / weibull(c=2 theta=3 sigma=4); run;
Agreement between the reference line and the point pattern indicates that the Weibull distribution with parameters c, , and is a good fit. You can specify the SCALE= option as an alias for the SIGMA= option and the THRESHOLD= option as an alias for the THETA= option.
creates a twoparameter Weibull QQ plot. You should use the WEIBULL2 option when your data have a known lower threshold . You can specify the threshold value with the THETA= option or its alias, the THRESHOLD= option. If you are uncertain of the lower threshold value, you can estimate graphically by specifying a list of values for the THETA= option. Select the value that most linearizes the point pattern. The default is .
To create the plot, the observations are ordered from smallest to largest, and the log of the shifted ith ordered observation , , is plotted against the quantile , where n is the number of nonmissing observations. Unlike the threeparameter Weibull quantile, the preceding expression is free of distribution parameters. This is why the C= shape parameter option is not mandatory with the WEIBULL2 option.
The pattern on the plot for THETA= tends to be linear with intercept and slope if the data are Weibull distributed with the specific density function

where is a known lower threshold parameter, is a scale parameter , and c is a shape parameter (c > 0).
The advantage of a twoparameter Weibull plot over a threeparameter Weibull plot is that you can visually estimate the shape parameter c and the scale parameter from the slope and intercept of the point pattern; see Example 5.23 for an illustration of this method. The disadvantage is that the twoparameter Weibull distribution applies only in situations where the threshold parameter is known. See Graphical Estimation for more information.
To assess the point pattern, you can add a diagonal distribution reference line corresponding to the scale parameter and shape parameter with the Weibull2options SIGMA= and C=. Alternatively, you can add a distribution reference line corresponding to estimated values of and with the Weibull2options SIGMA=EST and C=EST. This line has intercept and slope . Agreement between the line and the point pattern indicates that the Weibull distribution with parameters , , and is a good fit. You can specify the SCALE= option as an alias for the SIGMA= option and the SHAPE= option as an alias for the C= option.
You can also display the reference line by specifying SIGMA=, and you can specify the slope with the SLOPE= option. For example, the following QQPLOT statements produce identical plots:
proc capability data=measures; qqplot width / weibull2(theta=3 sigma=4 c=2); qqplot width / weibull2(theta=3 sigma=4 slope=0.5); run;
Traditional Graphicsspecifies the width of the grid lines associated with the quantile axis, requested with the GRID option. If you use the WGRID= option, you do not need to specify the GRID option.
specifies a value for the scale parameter for lognormal QQ plots requested with the LOGNORMAL option. Specify THETA= and ZETA= to request a distribution reference line with intercept and slope .