Component Guide IV: Plugins

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Plugins are additional components that provide special functionality. In future releases it will be possible for the user to create and add plugins of his/her own creation (a plugin writers guide is planned). We also anticipate future releases with plugin sets designed for specific application domains.

The current release of Numerus includes 4 plugins, which are described below.



A Tabulator is a special component that works with an aggregator in which a constituent (agent, cell, node) has either a Discrete State component or uses a Sequence to model a discrete state. The Tabulator counts the number of elements in each state and outputs the totals on separate pins. The states are expected to be consecutive numbers such as 0, 1, 2, etc. The sequence need not start at 0.

A Tabulator may include a specification for either a line graph or bar chart. When one of these is selected, the Property Pane shows properties for defining that graph. These same properties would be found on the Property Pane of the type of selected graph. (See the Wiki entries for line graph and bar chart for details).

See Firespread in the model library for an example using the Tabulator. (The Property Pane from that model is shown below).



  • Discrete Value Set Input. If this is unchecked, you must specify the numerical spread of the input states by providing the Base Value (i.e. starting point) and size.
    • Size. The number of possible states. This determines the number of output pins on the Tabulator.
    • Base Value. States run from Base Value through Base Value + Size - 1. For example, with a base value of -1 and and a size of 4, the states would be -1, 0, 1, 2.
If Discrete Value Set Input is checked, you must specify the Discrete Value Set (DSV) from the list of defined DSV's. Shortcut: You may click into the text field, open the list of DSV's, and right-click on the selected DSV.
  • Graph. You may optionally define a graph within the Tabulator component. If a graph is selected, complete the property specification as you normally would for that type of graph.
    • Exclude. This list shows all of the states defined by the type of input selected. You may opt to exclude 1 or more of these from the graph by selecting (using the multiple-selection gesture of Shift-Down-Click if necessary) them in the list.



The Stats component computes mean and standard deviation of some parameter across the set of agents, cells or nodes at each point in time. Its 4 pins respectively output the mean, standard deviation, mean+standard deviation and mean-standard deviation. An optional line graph may also be specified.

See Foraging in the model library for an example using the Stats component.