Modify and Restart Routines for SIMSCRIPT Games and Simulation Experiments

by Harry Max Markowitz, R. C. Steorts

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A presentation of routines to be used with any SIMSCRIPT simulation program. They provide snapshot, modify, and restart capabilities for the following game and experiment applications: (1) man/machine games in which the computer simulates a system for a period of time, humans then use the results to decide on changes in policy parameters for the following periods, and the computer resumes simulations where it left off but with policy parameters modified; and (2) simulation experiments in which snapshots of the simulated system are recorded on tape at various points in time. After inspecting the periodic and summary printouts produced by the simulation, an analyst may specify a return to some snapshot, modify one or more parameters, and resume simulation at that point. While this revised simulation is running, additional snapshots may be taken so that the process can be repeated.

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