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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


The Practice of Model Development and Use

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137328021
Publication Date October 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Simulation modelling involves the development of models that imitate real–world operations, and statistical analysis of their performance with a view to improving efficiency and effectiveness. This non–technical textbook is focused towards the needs of business, engineering and computer science students.

Stewart Robinson is Professor of Management Science and Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, UK. He is also President of the Operational Research Society (2014–15), co-founder of the Journal of Simulation, and co-founder of the OR Society Simulation Workshop conference series.

1. Defining Simulation: What, Why and When?
2. Inside Simulation Software
3. Software for Simulation
4. Simulation Studies: An Overview
5. Conceptual Modelling
6. Developing the Conceptual Model
7. Data Collection and Analysis
8. Model Coding
9. Experimentation: Obtaining Accurate Results
10. Experimentation: Searching the Solution Space
11. Implementation
12. Verification, Validation and Confidence
13. The Practice of Simulation.


If you are seeking to improve your understanding of simulation, this book from one of the leading authorities in the subject provides clear discussions of every aspect of the process, whatever your level of expertise, and whether you are a student or practitioner.' -Honora Smith, University of Southampton, UK 'The book provides clear explanations of the technical and practical aspects of simulation. It gives excellent instructions for what to do for each of the simulation tasks from conceptual modelling through to implementation. It is therefore an ideal guide for both students and practitioners on how to tackle real simulation projects.' -Roger Brooks, Lancaster University, UK'The second edition of Robinson's Simulation is a well-chosen collection of practical wisdom.' -Owen Jones, University of Melbourne, Australia'Robinson expertly blends the methodological and practical challenges in simulation into a highly accessible guide to successful DES studies. An essential addition to every simulation modeller's bookshelf.' -Thomas Monks, University of Exeter, UK
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