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Jan Himmelspach and Adelinde M Uhrmacher (2009)

What contributes to the quality of simulation results?

In: Proceedings of the 2009 INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop, ed. by L. H. Lee and M. E. Kuhl and J. W. Fowler and S. Robinson, pp. 125-129, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K., INFORMS Simulation Society.

Simulation as a method is widely used throughout industry and science. Thereby, the question arises how much trust can we put into the results achieved. The quality of the simulation results depend not only on the efforts put into the model and the simulation study, but also in designing the underlying simulation tools and as such in the quality of the simulation methods used: an aspect that is often neglected in the evaluation of simulation studies. Re-use, documentation, and repeatability of experiments have long been identified as core concepts in the quality of simulation studies, however, they likewise apply to the simulation software used. The many interdependencies in achieving high quality simulation results, and possible steps towards this goal will be illuminated by discussing general quality aspects and the role of emerging modeling and simulation frameworks in this process.

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