Target Limit Report

The Target Limit Report is a very informative report that demonstrates how your targets have been acheived. Were my targets acheived in all periods? Were they sometimes overacheived or underacheived, and if so in what periods, and by how much? With the Target Limit Report, these questions can be answered; you are only limited by the attributes you have defined as targets. The Target Limit Report is very much like the Multiple Target Report. Like the Multiple Target Report, the rows will be defined by all the periods of the planning horizon. Both the actual amount acheived in the scenario and the amount of your target will be displayed on your chart. The target will be depicted by an area graph, and your actual amount acheived by a line. If your target was set as a maximum, the area will be shaded in red, if it was a minimum, the area will be shaded in blue. If this sounds a little confusing, take heart! A picture is worth a thousand words and you will see one below.

Figure 97. Target Limit Report compared to the Multiple Target Report

The figure shows how two different reports can display the same data.


The top chart is from a Multiple Target Report and the bottom is from a Target Limit Report. The html tables from both reports are identical. The coloured stacks from the Multiple Target Report correspond to the lines of the Target Limit Report. The pink shaded bars in the Target Limit Report are taken directly from the target table. They show the targets you set. The black line displays the numbers actually acheived in the simulation when the report was saved. The Target Limit Report shows you immediately how your targets were acheived. In this example, there is a shortage of white birch (BW) in the forest, whereas, white and red pine (PWR) is constantly increasing.

The Target Limit Report is in the same family as the Range Indicator Chart Report, and the outputs will look similar. The difference is in where Patchworks retreives the data for the area graph portion of the chart. In the Range Indicator Chart Report, static values are passed to the constructor by way of a predefined range. In the Target Limit Report, the constructor will get the range from the target table. Thus the Range Indicator Chart Report shows how the values acheived in the simulation relate to static values supplied by you and the Target Limit Report shows how the values acheived in the simulation relate to the targets set in the model.