Category Pattern Report

In the Category Pattern Report, data can be summarized into different categories defined from the source data table. A category is any grouping of polygons in the block table. These could be age classes, landscape units, compartments etc. The Category Pattern Report is not broken down by planning periods, but by categories and patterns (attributes). In the Period Category Report, the categories were the columns of the report, in the Category Pattern report, the categories are the rows. A Category Pattern Report allows for data to be displayed and classified by a predefined category (which can be a range) and unique feature patterns (attributes). In this type of report, categories provide the rows of the HTML table and X-axis, while patterns (attributes) provide the columns and bar chart stacks.

A Category Pattern Report does allow you to specify which periods are to be used to sum cell values. This means you could specify a single period, a range of periods or the entire planning horizon in a Category Pattern Report.

This type of report allows you to create reports about very specific and detailed data found in the sourceDataTable. Using two different categories to display data can be useful in determining characteristics such as, the area of each species (category 1) that falls within unique areal units, such as watersheds (category 2). Category Pattern Reports output three files to provide a clear visualization and summary of the data, as well as the raw data tables to be used in other applications.