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Hands-On Simulation Modeling with Python

By : Giuseppe Ciaburro
Book Image

Hands-On Simulation Modeling with Python

By: Giuseppe Ciaburro

Overview of this book

Simulation modeling helps you to create digital prototypes of physical models to analyze how they work and predict their performance in the real world. With this comprehensive guide, you'll understand various computational statistical simulations using Python. Starting with the fundamentals of simulation modeling, you'll understand concepts such as randomness and explore data generating processes, resampling methods, and bootstrapping techniques. You'll then cover key algorithms such as Monte Carlo simulations and Markov decision processes, which are used to develop numerical simulation models, and discover how they can be used to solve real-world problems. As you advance, you'll develop simulation models to help you get accurate results and enhance decision-making processes. Using optimization techniques, you'll learn to modify the performance of a model to improve results and make optimal use of resources. The book will guide you in creating a digital prototype using practical use cases for financial engineering, prototyping project management to improve planning, and simulating physical phenomena using neural networks. By the end of this book, you'll have learned how to construct and deploy simulation models of your own to overcome real-world challenges.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Numerical Simulation
Section 2: Simulation Modeling Algorithms and Techniques
Section 3: Real-World Applications


In this chapter, we learned what is meant by simulation modeling. We understood the difference between modeling and simulation, and we discovered the strengths of simulation models, such as defects. To understand these concepts, we clarified the meaning of the terms that appear most frequently when dealing with these topics.

We then analyzed the different types of models: static versus dynamic, deterministic versus stochastic, and continuous versus discrete. We then explored the workflow connected to a numerical simulation process and highlighted the crucial steps. Finally, we studied some practical modeling cases to understand how to elaborate on a model starting from the initial considerations.

In the next chapter, we will learn how to approach a stochastic process and understand the random number simulation concepts. Then, we will explore the differences between pseudo and non-uniform random numbers, as well as the methods we can use for random distribution evaluation.