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Models, Maps, and Levels of Evidence

Models, Maps, and Levels of Evidence

Models, Maps, and Levels of Evidence Anyone who has attended a System Dynamics conference in recent years, or has read past posts in the System Dynamics Society blog, is surely aware of differences of opinion on the value of qualitative maps as opposed to quantified...

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Modeling for Impact in the Era of Big Data

Modeling for Impact in the Era of Big Data

Modeling for Impact in the Era of Big Data On the occasion of the field’s 50th anniversary, in 2007, Jay Forrester spoke to us (SDR 23:359-370) about prospects for the field of System Dynamics—his view of the situation summarized by the phrase “aimless plateau”.  He...

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Models Don’t Make Predictions, People Do!

Models Don’t Make Predictions, People Do!

Models Don’t Make Predictions, People Do! Models and I go back a long way. I created relatively simple spreadsheet models by hand for 6 years at Arthur Andersen & Co. These were done on 14-column paper with a box of Ticonderoga #3 pencils and a Pink Pearl eraser....

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Simulation During Times of Crisis

Simulation During Times of Crisis

Simulation During Times of Crisis Scientists and researchers spend a long time crafting mathematical models that simulate multiple phenomena occurring in organizations and societies. Those models use varied methodologies based on either proven theories or envisioned...

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Why we do not always simulate

By Vincent de Gooyert, Inge Bleijenbergh, Hubert Korzilius, Brigit Fokkinga, Monic Lansu, Stephan Raaijmakers, Etiënne Rouwette, Merel van der Wal With great interest we have been following and participating in discussions on what ‘good’ and ‘appropriate’ system...

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What scientific rigor can and cannot buy us

Many words have been written about how System Dynamics modeling should be scientific and rigorous.  An initial dynamic hypothesis will always have shortcomings, and these can be revealed by model testing.  We must go through an iterative process, revising a model...

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How to right-size your model

I once developed a relatively compact System Dynamics model to help a major chemical company restructure their plastics business.  The model was well received by senior management but was not considered granular enough for accurately projecting the financial...

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Group model building: a dialogue

In the late 1980s, academics on both sides of the Atlantic started to develop structured techniques for eliciting knowledge from expert and client groups as part of System Dynamics modeling. The goal was to democratize or “open up” the process, so that the ensuing...

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The endogenous perspective: a friendly amendment

I have developed lots of System Dynamics models over the years for both private and public organizations.  My models have all been built to answer strategic questions for which there was no single obvious answer, due to the presence of dynamic complexities including...

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