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Title: Conceptual modelling for simulation part I: definition and requirements
Authors: Robinson, Stewart
Keywords: Discrete-event simulation
Model development
Conceptual model
Validation
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan © Operational Research Society
Citation: ROBINSON, S., 2008. Conceptual modelling for simulation part I: definition and requirements. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 59 (3), pp. 278 - 290.
Abstract: Conceptual modelling is probably the most important aspect of a simulation study. It is also the most difficult and least understood. Over 40 years of simulation research and practice have provided only limited information on how to go about designing a simulation conceptual model. This paper, the first of two, discusses the meaning of conceptual modelling and the requirements of a conceptual model. Founded on existing literature, a definition of a conceptual model is provided. Four requirements of a conceptual model are described: validity, credibility, utility and feasibility. The need to develop the simplest model possible is also discussed. Owing to a paucity of advice on how to design a conceptual model, the need for a conceptual modelling framework is proposed. Built on the foundations laid in this paper, a conceptual modelling framework is described in the paper that follows.
Description: This article was published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society [Palgrave Macmillan © OR Society] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602368
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602368
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10206
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602368
ISSN: 0160-5682
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