BusinessSimulation

A library for modeling & simulation of dynamical systems in the social sciences, e.g. business/economics, and ecology using the System Dynamics metaphor.

Package Contents

UsersGuide

User's Guide to BusinessSimulation Library

ModelSettings

Setting important global variables within a model

Examples

Example models showing basic and advanced functionality

Stocks

Containers ("reservoirs") used to represent entities that have been stored in a specific state

Flows

Processes that move entities from one stock to another at a specific rate

SourcesOrSinks

Flows into or out of a stock with infinite capacity at a system's boundary

Converters

Information processing (blocks)

InformationSources

External information input

MoleculesOfStructure

Pre-built components to model decision making, information processing, and subsystems in general

Sensors

Package with sensor components

Interfaces

Connectors and partial models for Business Simulations

Functions

Functions used within the library

Constants

Mathematical and other constants

Types

Package of Types

Units

Typical quantities used in models

Icons

Partial classes for icons

Information

This information is part of the Business Simulation Library (BSL).

The BUSINESS SIMULATION LIBRARY (BSL) supports modeling & simulation in the social sciences and ecology. Following John Sterman [3] the name "Busines Simulation" was chosen in a rather broad sense since ultimately modeling in these domains is concerned with "control", "decision making", and "management".

The BSL follows the widespread System Dynamics metaphor and modeling approach introduced by Jay W. Forrester [1], [2]. System Dynamics offers a very general, low-level modeling paradigm, that lends itself perfectly to model, simulate, and analyze strategic business or public policy issues.

Unlike existing aproaches the BSL makes use of Modelica's acausal connectors to better distinguish material/mass flows from instantaneous information signal flows (causal connections). The approach has the additional benefit of allowing the modeler to build rather compact models in a fast and reliable fashion.

To get started with the library, it is recommended to have a look at:


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