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Developing a Hybrid Simulation Model using both Parsimonious and Highly Descriptive Approaches: A Case Study from the Transport Industry

Jones, William, Kotiadis, Kathy, O'Hanley, Jesse R. (2021) Developing a Hybrid Simulation Model using both Parsimonious and Highly Descriptive Approaches: A Case Study from the Transport Industry. In: Fakhimi, Masoud and Boness, Tom and Robertson, Duncan, eds. Proceedings of the Operational Research SocietySimulation Workshop 2021 (SW21). Proceedings of the Operational Research SocietySimulation Workshop 2021 (SW21). . pp. 395-404. Operational Research Society, UK ISBN 978-0-903440-66-0. (doi:10.36819/sw21.043) (KAR id:91452)

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Abstract

We put forward some initial thoughts about using both parsimonious and highly descriptive approaches to engage stakeholders during the development of a hybrid simulation study in the transport industry. The hybridisation we discuss involved combining discrete-event and agent-based simulation. We discuss how both parsimonious and highly descriptive modelling approaches, which are seemingly incompatible, were used in the development of a hybrid model to help facilitate stakeholder engagement. In our experience stakeholders with limited understanding of the system being modelled engaged with more ease when presented with highly descriptive approaches. When working with stakeholders with a better understanding, parsimonious

approaches can be beneficial. We also discuss potential techniques for managing the complexity of large simulation projects by adapting ideas from software development to help modellers work with stakeholders.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.36819/sw21.043
Uncontrolled keywords: simulation projects; transport industry
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: Kathy Kotiadis
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 20:58 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/91452 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kotiadis, Kathy: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8004-5708
O'Hanley, Jesse R.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3522-8585
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