# Guide to fit curves in Grapher

Whether you're applying predefined fit curves, creating custom fits, or fine-tuning your analysis by applying fits to data subsets, this guide will empower you to extract valuable insights from your data. We'll also cover how to display and edit fit statistics, add fit curves to class variables in scatter plots, and efficiently export fit curve data to further enrich your analytical workflow

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Apply a predefined fit curve to a line/scatter plot Edit the fit curve statistics display |

## Apply a predefined fit curve to a line/scatter plot

- Click on the
*Line/Scatter Plot*in the**Object Manager**to select it. - Click
**Graph Tools | Add to graph | Fit Curve**and select the type of pre-defined fit curve you want

## Create a custom fit curve

To add a custom fit curve to your Grapher plot, follow the steps below.

- Select the
*Plot*you wish to add the fit curve to in the**Object Manager**. - Click
**Graph Tools | Add to Graph |Custom Fit** - In the
**Add Custom Fit**dialog, specify your custom fit equation and parameters, and click*OK*.

For detailed information about custom fit parameters, see the Add Custom Fit page in Grapher's help.

To edit any aspect of the fit curve, select the *Fit* curve in the **Object Manager** and then edit the *Fit equation* and* Parameters* on the **Plot** tab of the **Property Manager**.

## Apply a fit to a data subset

- Click on the
*Line/Scatter Plot*in the**Object Manager**to select it. - Click
**Graph Tools | Add to Graph | Fit Curve | Linear Fit**or your desired fit type. - Click on the
*Fit*object in the**Object Manager**to select it. - In the
**Property Manager**, click on the**Plot**tab. - In the
*Fitted Plot*section, uncheck the box next to*Apply fit to entire plot*. - Update the
*Minimum X plot value to fit*(or*Minimum X date/time*if the values in the data file are formatted as date/time). - Update the
*Maximum X plot value to fit*(or*Maximum X date/time*if the values in the data file are formatted as date/time) with the x values for the data range you wish to use.

For example, if you were to limit the equation to the area circled in red below, you would enter 40900 for*Minimum X plot value to fit*and 40945 for the*Maximum X plot value to fit*.

8. After changing the fit curve *Fitted Plot* properties, your fit curve will be reduced area within the circle.

## Display the fit statistics

- Click on the fit curve in the
**Object Manager**to select it. - In the
**Property Manager**, click on the**Plot**tab. - Expand the
*Statistics*section, and select how you want the statistics to be displayed.

## Edit the fit curve statistics display

Fit curve statistics inserted into your plot can be edited in the **Property Manager** or the **Text Editor**. For example, to adjust the significant digits or decimal places displayed in your fit curve statistics.

- In the
**Object Manager**, click the*Fit*object to select it. - In the
**Property Manager**, click the**Plot**tab. - Set the
*Number format*field to*Compact*or*Fixed.* - Set the
*Significant digits*or*Decimal places*to the desired number.

Linked statistics inserted using the* Insert into plot document *command will automatically update. You may also edit their font properties, and rearrange and/or remove them by first selecting the text box, then applying your desired changes in the **Property Manager.** You can also double click the text box to open the **Text Editor** and customize your text.

Note that the significant digits adjustments will not update statistics in an open Report window, nor will it update any statistics pasted into a text object using the *Copy to clipboard* command.

- To update your statistics report, close and reopen the report.
- To update a text object, delete the existing text object and create a new one.

## Add a fit curve to a class variable in a class scatter plot

You can define custom fits by adding a fit curve to one class, or to all classes in a class scatter plot. To do this, follow the steps below.

- In the
**Object Manager**, select the class scatter plot you wish to add the fit curve to. - Click
**Graph | Add to Graph | Fit Curve**. - In the
**Object Manager**, select the fit curve object you just added. - In the
**Property Manager**, click the**Plot**tab. - In the
*Fitted Plot*section, in the*Class*field, either choose a specific class to fit the curve to, or select*(All)*.

You may edit any aspect of the fit curve by selecting your curve in the **Object Manager**, and then editing its parameters (such as the *Fit type* and *Plot Interval*) in the **Property Manager**. More details on editing fit curves can be found here: Grapher Fit Curves Training Video

## Export fit curve data to a data file

The X,Y points of a Grapher fit curve can be exported by following the steps below.

- Click the
*Fit*curve in the**Object Manager**. - Click
**Graph Tools | Plot Tools | Export Data**. - Click
*OK*in the**Export Data**dialog. - The graph coordinates of the fit curve are added to a new worksheet.
- Click
**File | Save As**to save the results to your desired data file format.

*Updated April 2023*

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