Period Category Report

A Period Category Report is similar in format to a Multiple Target Report, however, information can be further divided and classified into defined categories or ranges. This type of report can better summarize types of information by grouping attributes into meaningful categories for each time period in the planning horizon. Unlike the Multiple Target Report, planning periods to be represented can be specified instead of using the entire planning horizon. Period Category Reports can be created from any of the tables and attributes used in the Patchworks model.

One of the unique features of the Period Category Report is the need to define a particular range for the columns of the HTML table, as well as the groupings found in the stacked bar chart (PNG). These ranges are defined in the PIN file once, and can be used again and again in various reports. Construction of categories or ranges and the associated parameters are discussed below.

Period Category Reports supply the user with a well formatted visual summary of information derived from the simulation model and tables. Each report contains a user defined title with attached Scenario name, a HTML table and embedded PNG bar chart, and a link to CSV data and index. These reports can be viewed in a web browser or can be saved to be viewed later and used in other applications (see the section called “Saving a Scenario”).