Welcome to the tutorial for the MV Sim Graphing tool

The graphing tool allows you to easily investigate the outcomes from any individual game you have played. It's layering systems makes it simple to organize your data views and plot multiple game state variables against each other and time without concern for the scale of the different units and values in said variables.

See the quick start guide to get up and running quickly. Consult the sections below for details on specific Graphing Tool features.

  • Access the Graphing Tool
  • Layers vs. Graph
    • Layers hold variables
    • Graphs hold layers
  • Layer: Add/Remove a variable
    • Find the variable in the variable list and double-click it
    • This takes the variable out of the variable pool -- it cannot appear in 2 layers at once
    • Double-click the variable in the layer list to remove it and put it back into the variable pool
  • Create a new layer
    • click on the create new layer link
    • change the name of the layer
    • add the appropriate variable(s)
  • Switching between layer views
    • click on the Layers tab, select the layer to work on
  • Pushing layers to the Graph
    • when you are finished making changes for the moment, you can push the layer to the main graph
    • make sure the correct layer is shown in the layer window
    • click the "Push" button
  • Deleting Layers
    • Make sure the correct layer is selected (go back to Layers tab)
    • click delete
    • this removes the layer from the graph and the layer list and puts the layer's variables back into the variable pool
  • Viewing layers on the graph
    • Adding another layer
      • you may add as many layers as there are variables to the main graph. Here I've added 2. You'll notice one layer is darker than the other. This is called the Primary Layer.
    • Primary Layer
      • select by Variable
      • select by Layer
      • use it to look more closely at individual layers within a graph
    • Visible Layers
      • checkboxes
    • Scatterplots (use productivity)
  • Saving/Printing
    • Save or print an image of your current graph
      • Click the save button
      • View opens the image in another browser window or tab: download, copy link, other right-click options
      • Download allows you to download the image file to your hard drive.
    • Saving a link
      • when you navigate away from the graph page, you will lose all of your changes
      • to save your graph view with all of your layers intact, click LINK and copy the URL from the drop down box
      • this link can then be pasted into any browser window (your colors might change, but all else should be intact)