Answers to Odd Problems
Solutions: Chapter 1
Input analysis is the process of model formulation, collecting data, and fitting distributions which results in sufficient information to construct a credible simulation model.
Output analysis is the use of acceptable simulation or calculated models to generate statistically sound decision support, e.g., using simultaneous intervals or t-testing of outputs.
The goal is to develop accurate decision-support information predicting how staffing decisions (factors include the number of staff or each type) would likely affect the expected waiting times of patients (key response) in the med/surg. unit as patient demand continues to increase. The “in scope” area is indicated by the oval in the flowchart below, showing the focus on med/surg. Many details about upstream and downstream units will be simplified or ignored (Fig. 13.1).