Registers can be
interactive. Set their state in the Properties panel under Functional, by ticking "Interactive" ON or OFF.
By default, Registers are
Passive Registers may gather input from multiple origin Nodes, compute them based on formulas and influence the state of other Connections or Nodes within the diagram.
Each Register input State Connection is assigned a letter Label. Use these identifiers as variables in the formula the Register needs to compute.
💡 Note above that when the diagram is running the Register displays the computed result, before the run, it displays fx.
passive Registers the Label is used to input the formula you want to compute.
🧙♂ Registers support functions from the math.js library.
A Register becomes
interactive when the "Interactive" option is ticked in the Properties panel, under Functional.
After ticking the "Interactive" option Registers become editable during Step-by-Step Runs. Use the upward and downward arrows to interact and change a Register's value.
The Label for an
interactive Register has a purely descriptive function. Use it to describe what the Register stands for.
minimum and/or a
maximum value under and/or over which the Register doesn't allow changes.
Upon ticking on "Interactive", two properties become available for
Initial Value - sets the value the Register passes on upon running the diagram
Step Value - sets a multiplier for each interaction with the Register
In the example above, the interactive Register has a set initial value of 3, and a step value of 2. With each interaction, the Register changes its value (in real-time, during the diagram Step-by-Step Run) with +/-2.
Tick "Show in Chart" (option also available in the contextual menu at right click) to plot the values taken by the Register at each Time Step when running the diagram.
In the example above we are multiplying the Target value (the flow of Resources from Source to Pool). To obtain this, we used an
interactive Register with a Step Value equal to the Target's value. In order to have an integer x multiplying factor, we used "100%" as a Label on the State Connection.
This results in the Target being multiplied by the number of steps that the user interactively changes on the Register during run time.
💡 Note: for those looking for the deprecated m operator, this method generates the same effect. If you need to multiply functions on the Target, then the Origin needs to be a
passive Register with a formula identical to that of the Target.
add(a,b) adds the values of a and b
subtract(a,b) subtracts b from a
multiply(a,b) multiplies the values of a and b
divide(a,b) divides a by the value of b
square(a) returns the square value of a (a*a)
cube(a) returns the cubic value of a (a*a*a)
sqrt(a) returns the square root of a
cbrt(a) returns the cubic root of a
pow(a,b) returns the value of a raised to the power of b
🧙♂ For more examples on using math.js functions with Registers, access the public diagram Framework: Register and math.js functions, or find it in
File > New from Template > Framework: Register and math.js functions
If you're trying to model complex
if statements, you can use Registers to calculate conditions. You can find an example for both context and solution, in the article on how to emulate the Artificial Player legacy component, with machinations.io Nodes and Connections.