Questionnaire — Models, Computer Machine Simulations, Games and Studies

by Martin Shubik, Garry D. Brewer

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A detailed questionnaire intended to aid the designers and users of operational games and simulations in describing, characterizing, and analyzing models, simulations, or games (MSGs). Because the preponderance of such MSGs are supported by the Department of Defense, the questionnaire reflects that emphasis, but is believed to contain a core of more widely applicable information. Since there is no clear agreement on fundamental terms, the authors define gaming, war gaming, simulation, computer simulation, model, MSG, and other terms, and provide explanations for each multiple-choice question. Major sections inquire into MSG purposes, production, cost to produce and to operate, transferability, characteristics and description, validation, documentation, technical coordination, and standards; questions pertaining specifically to manual and man/machine games and simulations are grouped together, and include "unstated purposes" affecting players. A voluntary assessment is requested at the end.

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