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Graphing America’s Favorite Pastime

Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. The game has experienced very few changes since its inception in 1845 and is filled with numerous traditions. No game is complete without the staples of peanuts, hot dogs, and beer, and it’s expected even the most tone-deaf of viewers will sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch. I get goosebumps just thinking of it!

Today is a special day for Colorado Rockies fans as it’s our home opener. Opening Day, an unofficial holiday, is a wildly celebrated event for baseball fans across the states. This day is celebrated with parades, tailgate parties, and numerous special events at local bars and pubs.

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Graphing the Growing Season

Spring bulbs are beginning to bloom, and with each reminder that spring is on the way I think more about starting my vegetable garden. Every gardener knows that the question of when to plant is always a struggle.  Maximizing the growing season while minimizing plant loss due to surprise cold snaps and frosts is always a balancing act. Living at high elevations can make this even more difficult, so I decided to do some research and see if I could get a better picture of what my garden and I are up against. 

The first thing I needed to find was information about the temperature tolerances for vegetables.  I found a great table at the Colorado State University Extension that provided acceptable germination temperatures as well as information on how temperature-hardy the young plants are.  I created a floating bar chart in Grapher 12 to depict this information.

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Grapher 12: A Look at March Madness 2016!

March brings one of most highly anticipated US sporting events of the year, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness! The term was coined in 1939 by H.V. Porter, but didn’t gain widespread popularity until the early 1980s. This year’s single-elimination tournament began with 68 teams on March 15, and we’re now down to the Sweet Sixteen! Let’s take a closer look at some tournament stats with graphs created in Grapher 12!

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Visualizing Iowa Caucus Results Using Grapher 12

With 2016 being a presidential election year, it’s hard not to be at least tangentially aware of what’s going on with United States politics. I’ve voted in every presidential election (and most local elections) that I have been able to vote in, but I’ve never considered myself a particularly political person. Now that I have children, that has changed a little. You’ll still never see me at a party convention, and you won’t catch me watching debates on TV, but I’m very concerned over how this country will be run, so I will definitely do my homework before casting my vote in November.

On Tuesday March 1st, Colorado held its Republican and Democratic caucuses. From what I could see as I drove past the venue for one of these, the turnout was pretty good. Although the results are not in yet for the Republican caucus, the Democratic caucus resulted in a win for Bernie Sanders. This wasn’t the first state to hold a caucus though. The Iowa caucus, at the beginning of February, is the first caucus each election year. With more time since the numbers came in, there has been more chance to break apart the votes into categories like sex, age, and education level. I know that one caucus isn’t any indicator of how the party nominations or the election will turn out, but I still think it’s interesting to look at the numbers since this is the first chance voters have to pick a candidate. Thus, without further adieu, here are the Iowa caucus results broken out by sex, age, and education level.

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Beta Tester Feedback on the Latest Release of Our 2D & 3D Graphing Program – Grapher™ 12

Prior to any release, our software undergoes a rigorous 6 week external testing period. This testing period, referred to as Beta Testing, gives a select group of Grapher customers an opportunity to provide their input on the new features and to test the functionality in their everyday use of the product. These individuals are extremely important to the final release as their input and testing ensures we have a stable and upgrade-worthy product.

During the Grapher 12 Beta Testing period, 20 individuals completed the testing period. Below are their comments on the newest set of Grapher features.

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