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▷ Simulations

    Charts

    To unfold the Chart area, click Open Chart in the Run Bar.

    Charts make it possible to plot multiple variables while running your diagrams, to visualise possible outcomes, and help you monitor certain parameters either standalone or in relationship to others.

    Once you’ve selected the Nodes you want to plot, clicking the downward arrow at the right of a Node in the Legend area, will reveal the contextual menu.

    In this contextual menu you can:

    1. Change the colour used in the Chart for plotting (it defaults to the Node’s colour, set in the Style section of the Properties panel of each Node). Note that the default is the colour of the Node itself, not the colour of the Resources it processes. A Pool, for example, may contain Resources of different colours.
    2. Choose the plotting method:
      1. You can choose this for each Node, individually, or click Apply to all, once you’ve set the method for one of the Nodes
      2. The default plotting method is Area Chart
      3. There are 2 other options: Bar and Line
    3. Make the Node Visible or hide it from the Chart
    4. Highlight the Node within the Chart for focus
    5. Choose the scale (left or right) – this is particularly useful when the data series you are plotting have different magnitudes ( =number range). E.g.: the number of coins (large range of numbers) plotted against each level (smaller range of numbers).
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    To better understand the difference between Pool and Resources colours, read more about it in Filter (Colour Coding).

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    On the y-axis Machinations plots the values of the Pools.

    The x-axis represents the number of Steps executed.

    Currently, there are 2 options of exporting the simulations results:

    1. CSV [Pro Feature] – a table with the values of your simulations, broken down by Plays, Steps, Nodes.
    2. PNG – a snapshot of the Chart

    When Multiple Runs are performed, each execution will be listed under Run History. Select one of the Runs, to focus on it. Hover over the Chart area and view the Nodes’ values at each Step.

    To aid with your analysis, the Orchestrator calculates the Mean, Median, Min & Max Values as averages across multiple executions.

    Access Chart Indicators in the Legend bar next to the Chart. Click on + Indicators. Select the Nodes for which you want to plot Indicators, and which ones.

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    In the example above:

    1. The Mean: represents the Mean of the plotted Node’s values at a certain Step, across all numbers of Plays executed. For the “Player throws a 7” Pool example, 8.87 is the Mean of all values the Pool reached at Step 59, across 15 executions.
      1. Mean calculation: the sum of all values, divided by the number of values. E.g.: The mean of a, b, c is (a+b+c)/3.
    2. The Median: represents the median value of all values of the plotted Node, at a certain Step. For the “Player throws a 7” Pool example, 8 is the median of the values the Pool has gone through at each Step 59, across the 15 Plays.
      1. The Median is the value separating the higher half from the lower half of the data set. It may be thought of as “the middle” value.
      2. In your analysis, use the median in comparison to the mean, to check if your data set is not skewed by a small proportion of extremely large or small values. This comparison will provide a better representation of a “typical” value.
    3. Min/Max Values: The minimum/maximum values in the data set of the analyzed Node, at the same Step of multiple executions. In the example above: the Min and Max values represent the minimum and maximum values generated by the Pool at Step 59 of each of the 15 executions.
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    Pro tip – To only show the Indicators of an execution, deselect “Visible” on all plotted variables, or select “Highlighted” for the plot you want to focus on.

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    Use the Clear Chart button to clear the Chart’s content and Run History.

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