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Starting with an introduction to simulation concepts, the book progresses through an overview of the Arena software, basic model development, input analysis, additional modeling constructs, output analysis, and advanced modeling. It also includes chapters on integrating Arena simulation models with other applications, specialized statistical issues, continuous simulation, and conducting a successful simulation study. It is intended primarily to be a text in a first course on simulation or for self-study. However, the later chapters could be incorporated into an advanced or graduate-level course.
Building on the success of the first three editions, published in 1998, 2002, and 2004, this edition retains the basic outline and tutorial style, built around a sequence of successivelymore complicated examples. All the examples and discussion, however, have been modified and updated to be consistent with the current version of the Arena software, and additional examples have been developed, along with more exercises. As before, a password-protected website for instructors provides support in terms of downloadable lecture slides and solutions to end-of-chapter exercises.
The book draws heavily on the experience and expertise of the authors, a professor at the University of Cincinnati specializing in simulation, and two seasoned members of Rockwell Software (formerly Systems Modeling), the developers of Arena, who are active in product design and development, training, consulting, and applications.
|Ch. 1||What is simulation?||1|
|Ch. 2||Fundamental simulation concepts||15|
|Ch. 3||A guided tour through arena||53|
|Ch. 4||Modeling basic operations and inputs||115|
|Ch. 5||Modeling detailed operations||195|
|Ch. 6||Statistical analysis of output from terminating simulations||265|
|Ch. 7||Intermediate modeling and steady-state statistical analysis||293|
|Ch. 8||Entity transfer||327|
|Ch. 9||A sampler of further modeling issues and techniques||359|
|Ch. 10||Arena integration and customization||403|
|Ch. 11||Continuous and combined discrete/continuous models||465|
|Ch. 12||Further statistical issues||505|
|Ch. 13||Conducting simulation studies||535|
|App. A||Functional specification for The Washington Post||553|
|App. B||IEE/RA contest problems||567|
|App. C||A refresher on probability and statistics||569|
|App. D||Arena's probability distributions||587|
|App. E||Academic software installation instructions||603|