Accession Number:

ADA458065

Title:

On Generating Hypotheses Using Computer Simulations

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Computational models of complex systems, such as teams, task forces, and organizations can be used to reason about the behavior of those systems under diverse conditions. The large number of integrated processes and variables, and the non-linearities inherent in the underlying processes make it difficult for humans, unassisted by computer simulations, to effectively reason about the consequences of any one action. Computer simulation becomes an important tool for generating hypotheses about the behavior of these systems that can then be tested in the lab and field.

Subject Categories:

  • Operations Research
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE