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A survey of simulation techniques in commerce and defence

By T Eldabi, M Jahangirian, A Naseer, L Stergioulas, T Young and N Mustafee


Despite the developments in Modelling and Simulation (M&S) tools and techniques over the past years, there has been a gap in the M&S research and practice in healthcare on developing a toolkit to assist the modellers and simulation practitioners with selecting an appropriate set of techniques. This study is a preliminary step towards this goal. This paper presents some results from a systematic literature survey on applications of M&S in the commerce and defence domains that could inspire some improvements in the healthcare. Interim results show that in the commercial sector Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) has been the most widely used technique with System Dynamics (SD) in second place. However in the defence sector, SD has gained relatively more attention. SD has been found quite useful for qualitative and soft factors analysis. From both the surveys it becomes clear that there is a growing trend towards using hybrid M&S approaches

Topics: Simulation, Survey, Commerce, Defence
Publisher: Operational Research Society
Year: 2008
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    1. received an MPhys (Hons) Physics with Space Science from the University of Southampton in 2003. She is currently an analyst in the Force Development Team,
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