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Simulation is a compass not GPS

Frances Sneddon  /   May 31, 2011

My simulation professor used to say that GPS gives you the exact answer whereas a compass points you in the general direction of where you’re trying to get to.

It’s meant to explain that simulation doesn’t give you a single number that’s the right answer it gives you guidance of the area to look at for the solution.

It’s not that simulations can’t be accurate enough to give the exact answer.

The New Zealand Inland Revenue use their simulation as an operational planning tool and report that there is only a 1% difference between what the simulation tells them and what they see when they implement it the real world.

It just means that as powerful simulation is, it still needs a human to interpret what the results mean and make the final decision as to what is the best outcome.

About the author

Frances Sneddon

Frances Sneddon

As Chief Technology Officer for SIMUL8, I am responsible for the strategy and direction of our products, it's also my passion. I love software and every part of what goes into creating an amazing end user experience from the initial connection with our website, to how you interact with the software itself.