Skip navigation

Pardee Logo International Futures at the Pardee Center

International Futures Help System

Type Name Box

Through this box you can access all of the variables and parameters in IFs for display. There are some organizing principles; some variables that are grouped around common display items are labeled similarly. For example, population measures are labeled POP. Finally, variables are distinguished from parameters by their abbreviated label being typed in capital letters while parameters are represented in lower case letters. If you are unable to find the variable or parameter that you are looking for, you may want to open the Variable Search option.

When you have found what you are looking for, click on it. You will then be asked to narrow your display choices. You may be asked to choose a country/region, group or Glist. Additionally, other variables or parameters can be displayed more narrowly or broadly depending on your interests. For example, if you choose Agriculture Demand (AGDEM), you will have to select a country/region, group or Glist and then whether you would like agricultural demand for Crops, Meat or All to be displayed. After making your selection, your variable/parameter will be displayed in the Status Box for Display.

You can use the Type Name Box in two ways:

Slider Bar use: Note that there is a "slider bar" on the right-hand side of the "Type Name" list box. The slider bar has an upward pointing arrow at its top and a downward pointing arrow at its bottom. Click with your mouse on the bottom arrow and see the list in the box move down by one variable name. Or click between the arrows to see it move down faster. Experiment. Keep clicking between the arrows until you see the variable name "POP" in the list box. Click on that name. Because population is a variable dimensioned across model countries/regions , a list of those countries/regions appears. Click on Mexico and see your selection of the variable POP for Mexico appears in the Status Box.

Input Line use: Now use your mouse to position the cursor inside the Input Line at the top of the list box (it is probably already there). Once the cursor is in the box you can simply type the letters "POP" and you will see the list move to that variable name as you type. Touch the "Enter" key on your keyboard and you will again be asked to select a country/region. This time select a different country/region. You should now see population for both selections in the "Status Box."