Conceptual Models in Simulation Studies: Making it Explicit

Wilsdorf, Pia and Haack, Fiete and Uhrmacher, Adelinde M. (2020) Conceptual Models in Simulation Studies: Making it Explicit. In: Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2020), 13-16 Dec 2020, Orlando, Florida, USA. Proceedings, published by IEEE Computer Society, pp. 2353-2360.

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Conceptual models play an important role in conducting simulation studies. A formal or at least explicit specification of conceptual models is key for effectively exploiting them during simulation studies and thereafter, for interpreting and reusing the simulation results. However, the perception of conceptual models varies strongly and with it possible means for specification. A broad definition of the conceptual model, i.e., as a loose collection of early-stage products of the simulation study, holds the potential to unify existing definitions, but also poses specific challenges for specification. To approach these challenges, without claiming to be exhaustive, we identify a set of products, which includes research question, data, and requirements, and define relations and properties of these products. Based on a cell biological case study and a prototypical implementation, we show how the formal structuring of the conceptual model assists in building a simulation model.

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