I have been trying to figure out how to hide the selection panel completely from view. I checked off "VIEW15 - show selection panel on startup", which initially hid this panel from view; however, upon selecting a state, the panel shows up again. Any help would be appreciated.
I'm using version 3.4.
Yes the selection panel does not stay permanently invisible - once a selection is made it will indeed become visible again to show the selection. It can be hidden at any time by clicking on the 'panel selection' icon in the bottom-left corner (adjacent to the time slider).
This behaviour was changed in the new version, StatPlanet Cloud, however, where the panel remains permanently hidden (www.statsilk.com/software/statplanet-cloud).