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[Tip 1: Documentation]
The PDF documentation that comes with the NCSS software includes information about the individual NCSS procedures, as well as each of the common NCSS windows. To view the documentation about the output or home windows, you can either click on the small “Question Mark” button in the top right corner of the window, or you can go to the “Help” menu, and select “How to Use this Window”.
To load the documentation for procedure windows in general, open any procedure, go to the Help menu, select “More Help Topics”, and then select “How to Use This Window”.
To view the documentation for a specific procedure, first open the desired procedure, then click on the “question mark” at the top right, or select the first item from the Help menu.
Most procedure documentation chapters have an introduction, a technical details section, a Procedure Options section, Examples, and one or more validation examples.
[Tip 2: Output Gallery]
Let’s start with the Output Gallery. It may be useful to compare results of two or more runs. One simple way to do this is to send the current output to the Output Gallery. This can be done directly by clicking the “Add Output to Gallery” button. Or, when the “Auto Add” checkbox is checked, the output is added to the gallery with each run of a procedure. It is easy to compare outputs by toggling between the screens, or, the screens may be examined side-by-side.
For more details about the use of the Output Screen, please view the Output Window training video. The names of the example templates often contain the name of the corresponding example data.
[Tip 3: Example Data]
Over 200 example data sets are included with NCSS. These data sets are meant for use with the procedure examples. From the spreadsheet, these data sets can be opened by going to the “File” menu, and clicking “Open Example Data.” Or, from a procedure window, there is an “Open Example Data” button on the right, in the Help Center.
[Tip 4: Live Edit Plots]
To edit the attributes of a sample size plot, go to the Plots tab on the procedure window, and click on large “Plot Setup” button. These plot specifications will be realized when the procedure is run.
If you wish to make adjustments to the plot with the actual data of the procedure run, check the “Live Edit” checkbox, next to the “Plot Setup” button.
When the procedure is run, the “Plot Format” window will open with the data of the run, and you’ll have the option to edit the attributes of plot before the final plot is produced.
When the run completes, the newly specified plot options will be maintained within the procedure.