Simulation in Perspective

  • George S. Fishman
Part of the Springer Series in Operations Research book series (ORFE)


Discrete-event simulation consists of a collection of techniques that, when applied to the study of a discrete-event dynamical system, generates sequences called sample paths that characterize its behavior. The collection includes:
  • Modeling concepts for abstracting the essential features of a system into a coherent set of precedence and mathematical relationships among its elements

  • Specially designed software for converting these relationships into computer-executable code capable of generating the requisite sample-path data

  • Procedures for converting these data into estimates of system performance

  • Methods for assessing how well these estimates approximate true, but unknown, system behavior.


Queue Length Exceedance Probability Interarrival Time Executable Code Reduce Waiting Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George S. Fishman
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  1. 1.Department of Operations ResearchUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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