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Time Selection Walkthroughs

Version: DiscoveryClassic

Provides a walk-through of the effects of the various time period settings in the Time Settings editor.

All examples use the Standard Time Structure:

If the Base Period is and you select Consecutive Base Periods, the dial shows: and you select Consecutive Breakdown Periods, the dial shows:
Month

 

12 months 14 months (there is no break­down period for months)
Quarter 8 quarters 14
Year 5 years 14

The following are examples of how each combination of base period and dial display period affect a single dial. These examples use a dial comparing the income in the working budget for 2013 with the income for the current year (2012).

Five Years Example

The Period Selector is set to years, with 2012 selected, and the dial is set to use the base time period chosen in the Period Selector. The dial is set to show consecutive base periods, which causes it to show five years: the year chosen in the Period Selector and the four previous years.

Breakdown in Months Example

The Period Selector is set to years, with 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display the base period, which causes it to show only the year chosen in the Period Selector, broken down into months.

Eight Quarters Example

The Period Selector is set to quarters, with Q3 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display consecutive base periods, which causes it to show 8 quarters, ending with the quarter chosen in the Period Selector.

Months in a Quarter Example

The Period Selector is set to quarters, with Q3 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display the base period, which causes it to show only the quarter chosen in the Period Selector, broken down into months.

Consecutive Breakdown Periods Example

The Period Selector is set to quarters, with Q3 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display consecutive breakdown periods, which causes it to show 14 months: the 12 months ending with the quarter chosen in the Period Selector (see “Time Structure Editor” on page 33 for more about the home date) plus two months into the future.

Consecutive Base Periods Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display consecutive base periods, which causes it to show 8 quarters, ending with the quarter chosen in the Period Selector.

Quarter with Two Months Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display the base period, which causes it to show only the quarter chosen in the Period Selector, broken down into months.

Consecutive Breakdown Periods 14 Months Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, and the dial has been set to take its base time period from the Period Selector. The dial is set to display consecutive breakdown periods - but since months do not have a breakdown period, it shows 14 months: the 12 months leading up to the home date plus two months into the future.

Specific Time Period Examples

If you select a specific time period just for the dial. In all of the following cases, the dial continues to use the same base time period and show the same span of time, regardless of what is chosen in the Period Selector. However, changes to the selected time period in the Period Selector affect the time shown in the dial. For example, a dial whose base time period is set to Year and whose dial time period is set to Use Base Period always show a year (12 months, January-December), but which year it shows is controlled by the Period Selector unless a data filter is applied in the Data Set­tings editor.

Consecutive Base Periods Five Years

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to years, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, years will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display consecutive base periods, which causes it to show 5 years, ending with the year chosen in the Period Selector.

Base Period One Year Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to years, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, years will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display the base period, which causes it to show only the year chosen in the Period Selector, broken down into months.

Base Period Years Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to years, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, years will be the base period of the dial.

The dial is set to display consecutive breakdown periods, which causes it to show 14 months: the 12 months leading up to the home date (see “Time Structure Editor” on page 33 for more about the home date) plus two months into the future. If you choose a different date in the period selector, it displays that year plus the first two months of the following year.

Consecutive Base Period Eight Quarters Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to quarters, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, quarters will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display consecutive base periods, which causes it to show 8 quarters, ending with the quarter chosen in the Period Selector.

Base Period Quarters Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to quarters, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, quarters will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display the base period, which causes it to show only the quarter chosen in the Period Selector, broken down into months.

Consecutive Breakdown  Quarter - 14 Months Example

The dial is set to display consecutive breakdown periods, which causes it to show 14 months: the 12 months ending with the quarter chosen in the Period Selector  plus two months into the future.

Consecutive Base Periods Months Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to months, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, months will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display consecutive base periods, which causes it to show 14 months, ending with the month chosen in the Period Selector.

Quarter Breakdown into Months Example

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to months, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, months will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display the base period, but since months do not break down into anything, this causes it to show the home date’s quarter or the quarter chosen in the Period Selector, broken into months.

The Period Selector is set to months, with August 2012 selected, but the dial has been set to months, so no matter what unit is chosen in the Period Selector, months will be the base period of the dial. The dial is set to display consecutive breakdown periods, but since months do not have a breakdown period, this causes it to show 14 months: the 12 months leading up to the home date or the date chosen in the Period Selector plus two months into the future.

Those are all the various time settings combinations currently supported in the software. It can be helpful to experiment as you create your dials, to out which settings are the most useful for you. Remember to adjust the Period selector as well to see how changes there affect your dial.

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