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Get your graph on

Regress and integrate to your heart's content--if you can figure out the interface.

Analysts and scientists dealing with a broad range of data sources might be tempted by this data-modeling application. FindGraph lets you capture and plot data and fit the result to one of hundreds of included functions. The application comes with a comprehensive Help file and 35 tutorials and sample charts.

One of FindGraph's most appealing features are the many options for entering data. You can type it in, upload a text file, or draw it by hand. Another impressive option is to "capture" an image and use a Wizard of Digitization to convert it to data. When it works, the application works well, assessing data and providing complex functions quickly. The biggest problem with this feast of features is just that: there are too things going on. If, in fact, you were looking for an easy graphing solution, you would throw up your hands in despair at FindGraph's cluttered interface. Tiny icons litter the interface and each menu item contains an overwhelming number of subitems. The Help and tutorial files assume at least an intermediate understanding of complex statistical functions. FindGraph does not always work as expected. For example, we could not close charts, whether we saved them or not. Even creating a new chart kept the old one onscreen.

For power users of SPSS or other statistical modeling tools, FindGraph's many features may be a treasure. For the rest of us, it is an unwieldy and overwhelming application compared with, say, Excel.

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