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Making Graphs Easier to Read

Sometimes graphs of changes over time have values that are the same, or nearly the same, for part of a given simulation, as other graphs. This can result printouts being superimposed on each other, with the consequence that a graph of particular interest could be obscured for at least part of a simulation. A simple way of avoiding this is to add a conveniently chosen constant to the output parameter. Note that multiplying the output parameter, rather than adding a constant value to it, can produce a misleading plot.
     The following is designed to explain how to clearly depict graphical printouts


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