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Steps in a Simulation Study

Problem formulation
Clearly state the problem.
Setting of objectives and overall project plan
How we should approach the problem.
Model conceptualization
Establish a reasonable model.
Data collection
Collect the data necessary to run the simulation (such as arrival rate, arrival process, service discipline, service rate etc.).
Model translation
Conver the model into a programming language.
Verify the model by checking if the program works properly. Use common sense.
Check if the system accurately represent the real system.
Experimental design
How many runs? For how long? What kind of input variations?
Production runs and analysis
Actual running the simulation, collect and analize the output.
Repeat the experiments if necessary.
Document and report
Document and report the results.

Meng Xiannong 2002-10-18