For version 0.2.0, the outputlib has been refactored. Tools for plotting optimization results that were part of the outputlib in earlier versions are no longer part of this module as the requirements to plotting functions greatly depend on individial requirements.

Basic functions for plotting of optimisation results are now found in a separate repository oemof_visio.

The main purpose of the outputlib is to collect and organise results. It gives back the results as a python dictionary holding pandas Series for scalar values and pandas DataFrames for all nodes and flows between them. This way we can make use of the full power of the pandas package available to process the results.

See the pandas documentation to learn how to visualise, read or write or how to access parts of the DataFrame to process them.

Collecting results

Collecting results can be done with the help of the processing module:

results = outputlib.processing.results(om)

The scalars and sequences describe nodes (with keys like (node, None)) and flows between nodes (with keys like (node_1, node_2)). You can directly extract the data in the dictionary by using these keys, where “node” is the name of the object you want to address. If you want to address objects by their label, you can convert the results dictionary such that the keys are changed to strings given by the labels:

print(results[('wind', 'bus_electricity')]['sequences']

Another option is to access data belonging to a grouping by the name of the grouping (note also this section on groupings. Given the label of an object, e.g. ‘wind’ you can access the grouping by its label and use this to extract data from the results dictionary.

node_wind = energysystem.groups['wind']
print(results[(node_wind, bus_electricity)])

However, in many situations it might be convenient to use the views module to collect information on a specific node. You can request all data related to a specific node by using either the node’s variable name or its label:

data_wind = outputlib.views.node(results, 'wind')

A function for collecting and printing meta results, i.e. information on the objective function, the problem and the solver, is provided as well:

meta_results = outputlib.processing.meta_results(om)