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Simulation Modeling and Arena

Simulation Modeling and Arena

ISBN: 978-0-470-09726-7

Jan 2009

600 pages


Traditionally, there have been two primary types of simulation textbooks: those that emphasize the theoretical (and mostly statistical) aspects of simulation, and those that emphasize the simulation language or package.  Simulation Modeling and Arena blends these two aspects of simulation textbooks together while adding and emphasizing the art of model building.  The text contains chapters on modeling and chapters that emphasize the statistical aspects of simulation, but the coverage of statistical analysis is integrated with the modeling to emphasize the importance of both topics.  Simulation Modeling and Arena utilizes the Arena Simulation Environment--one of the leading simulation modeling packages in the world--as the primary modeling tool for teaching simulation.  While the book uses Arena as the primary modeling tool, the text is not intended to be a "user's guide to Arena;"  instead, Arena is used as the vehicle for explaining important simulation concepts.

Simulation Modeling and Arena is intended for a first course in discrete-event simulation modeling and analysis for upper-level undergraduate students as well as entering graduate students.  While the text is focused towards engineering students (primarily industrial engineering) it could also be utilized by advanced business majors, computer science majors, and other disciplines where simulation is practiced.  Practitioners interested in learning simulation and Arena could also use this book independently of a course.

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Chapter 1 Simulation Modeling 1

Chapter 2 Basic Process Modeling 42

Chapter 3 Modeling Randomness in Simulation 113

Chapter 4 Analyzing Simulation Output 215

Chapter 5 Modeling Queueing and Inventory Systems 303

Chapter 6 Entity Movement and Material Handling Constructs 379

Chapter 7 Miscellaneous Topics in ArenaTM Modeling 432

Chapter 8 Application of Simulation Modeling 502

Bibliography 543

Appendices 548

Index 567

  • Integrated statistical analysis: comprehensive coverage of major statistical concepts allows one book to serve in the place of two
  • Hands on learning: enhances student retention of material and preparation for exams/projects
  • Treats subject from computer programming point of view: allows students to build on prior programming skills
  • Integrates conceptual modeling with model building:  teaches students to develop and communicate their models without Arena
  • Coverage of queuing and inventory models: provides background for building more complex models
  • Comprehensive examples and problems sets for enhanced student learning
  • Bundled Arena software and textbook files: students will have all the tools and files needed for the book on one resource