Documenting the Modeling Process with a Standardized Data Structure Described and Implemented in DynamicVu

Published in: System Dynamics Review, Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 264–291 (July/September 2022). doi: 10.1002/sdr.1716

Posted on RAND.org on December 01, 2022

by Warren W. Farr, Samuel D. Allen, Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, Peter S. Hovmand

Documenting the process of building a simulation model is different from documenting the simulation model itself. Good model-building practice includes the discovery of potentially large sets of multimedia data. Organizing and documenting data and the process of collecting it has several advantages including: tightly linking data to its source and the timing of its discovery; separating source data from researcher inference (allowing for independent inspection); maintaining an evolutionary timeline; and easily sharing source data among participants and researchers. The topic of documenting models has been widely discussed. In contrast, this article proposes a data structure and its methods for documenting the process of building a simulation model.

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