ModelRisk Results Viewer layout

 


 

 

The ModelRisk Results Viewer will open simulation results files produced by a ModelRisk user and allows those results to be analyzed in various ways. In standard format, the results viewer displays five windows:

List of simulation – This window will show all the simulations that were run together in the simulation run. See here  for an explanation about running multiple simulations

List of outputs – This window will list all of the outputs in the model, as defined by the VoseOutput function

List of inputs – This window will list all of the outputs in the model, as defined by the VoseInput function

Report graph or table – By clicking the appropriate tab at the top of this window, one of the reports created by the user will be displayed. The available charts are: Histogram, Cumulative ascending, Cumulative descending, Pareto, Box, Tornado, Spider, Scatter, and Trend. The available tabular reports are statistics, data list and Statistics Reports.

Windows can be resized. They can also be moved around within the application by dragging the title bar to the desired location. When dragging, a relocation anchor guide appears:

Dragging the header onto one of the five positions (top, right, bottom, left, and center) will make the window snap to that position.

Dragging a tab from the report window onto the window itself will open a dialog inviting the user to create a new horizontal or vertical tab group. This process can be repeated (either horizontally or vertically, but not both) so the user has a report showing several graphs and/or tables at the same time:

Dragging a tab from one window to the tab area of another results window will also directly move the graph or table to the other window.

Ribbons

The top menu has four elements:

  • File – allows the user to open and close report files, close a chart, or clear the data in the Results Viewer 

  • Home – controls which windows are viewed, how variables are sorted and filtered, copying and printing of individual charts, and exporting results as reports in Excel, Word, PowerPoint or pdf format.

  • Insert – creates a new tab in the Reports window with one of the charts or tables listed above.

  • Options –allows one to edit the chart or table, and varies according to the type of report selected. 

These are described in more detail below:

File menu

Saving the report

Once you are satisfied with your report you can save it as a file independently of your model by clicking the save button or selecting Save from the File menu.

The simulation results are stored with a .vmrs (Vose ModelRisk Simulation) extension.

The simulation results file can then be reloaded without opening the simulated model later by clicking the open button and browsing for its location. It can also be sent to a third person who can read the file with the FREE Results Viewer. This person can also edit or create new graphs but cannot change the fundamental simulation data.
 

Home menu

 

See here for explanation on filtering simulation results.

Insert menu

Inserts a new tab with the relevant report in the report window.

Options menu

These menus provide controls for changing the look and features of the various types of report. A different menu appears depending on which report is currently active in the reports window. Click the links to learn more about each type of chart and table:

Histogram plot

Ascending and descending cumulative plots

Pareto plot

Box plot

Tornado plot

Spider plot

Scatter plot

Trend plot

Statistics table

Data table

Click here for an explanation of how to create and use SIDs.

 

Generating reports for use in other applications

The results shown in the Results Viewer can be exported to the following types of files:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF)

Exported results files are created by clicking the Report icon in the Home tab. This opens the following dialog:

 

Using Go To Sample

Go To Sample is a very powerful feature that allows the user to select a particular generated sample (scenario) from a simulation and have it displayed within the spreadsheet. This helps answer questions like: “How did the model produce such a low (high) value?” It is also an invaluable auditing tool, helping identify why the model produced any errors or unrealistic results.

Go To Sample must be switched on before performing a simulation of your model. By default Go To Sample is switched off. It can be switched on via the Model Settings tab in the Simulation settings dialog, accessed by clicking  on the ModelRisk ribbon:

It is normal good practice to set the Seed generating to Manual, and pick a seed value (we usually use 1 as it is easy to remember). This will allow you to reproduce any particular simulated result if you rerun the model.

After a simulation is complete, create a Data list  report in the Results Viewer by clicking this icon:

It provides a list of all the generated values for each variable selected from the Inputs and Outputs windows:  

Right-click on any row and a pop-up menu offers the option to Go To Sample [Sample#]. Selecting this option will force the ModelRisk random functions to reproduce the values within the spreadsheet model that created this result.

 

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