The IDA Advanced Technology Combat Simulation Project
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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As computer speeds and capabilities increase, models which used to require hours or days to execute may now be executed in minutes. While the analyst soon may be able to contemplate doing hundreds of runs in a day, the lack of suitable techniques for analyzing the vast output produced by this many runs is evident. One objective of the IDA Advanced Technology Combat Simulation Project is to develop new techniques for analyzing such output. The major product of this research project to date has been the development of new methodology for conducting and analyzing the results of large scale parametric analyses based on computerized models. This response surface methodology comprises three components the ability to perform hundreds of model excursions rapidly, an advanced graphical analysis system developed by IDA, and a collection of model specific input and output processors. This Graphical Analysis System incorporates advanced topological concepts and algorithms in a sophisticated application of Mathematical and provides the ability to visualize any multidimensional data set. Using the response surface methodology, the analyst can better perform model verification and validation, can quickly home in on key model sensitivities and can more thoroughly convey the results of an analysis to a broad audience.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics