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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What Can Be Simulated?

Again stating from Simul8,

There are many scenarios that can be simulated. As a general rule systems that involve a process flow with discrete events can be simulated. So any process you can draw a flowchart of you should be able to simulate.

The processes you'll gain most benefit from simulating are those that involve change over time and randomness. For example a gas station. Nobody can guess at exactly which time the next car will arrive at the station, whether they'll decide to purchase gas only etc. Modeling complex dynamic systems like this effectively in any other way isn't possible.

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