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Title: A preliminary study on the role of simulation models in generating insights
Authors: Gogi, Anastasia
Tako, Antuela A.
Robinson, Stewart
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © IEEE
Citation: GOGI, A., TAKO, A.A. and ROBINSON, S., 2014. A preliminary study on the role of simulation models in generating insights. IN: Tolk, A. et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, Savannah, Georgia, IEEE, pp. 3618 - 3629.
Abstract: The generation of insight from simulation models has received little attention in the discrete-event simulation (DES) literature. Often DES studies claim to have supported problem understanding and problem solving by creating new and effective ideas, however little empirical evidence exists to support these statements. This paper presents the design of an experimental study which aims to understand the role of simulation models in generating insights. Study participants are asked to solve a task based on a problem of a telephone service for non-emergency health care. One independent variable is manipulated: the features of the simulation model, forming three conditions. Participants either use the animation or only the statistical results of the model or no model at all to solve the task. The paper provides a preliminary analysis of the pilot tests, which indicates that simulation models may assist users in gaining better understanding and in achieving divergent thinking.
Description: This paper was presented at the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), 7-10 December 2014. © 2014 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Sponsor: SIMUL8 Corporation
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1109/WSC.2014.7020191
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16720
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2014.7020191
ISBN: 978-1-4799-7486-3
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