How simulation languages should report results: A modest proposal

Jamie R. Wieland, Barry L. Nelson

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5 Scopus citations


The focus of simulation software environments is on developing simulation models; much less consideration is placed on reporting results. However, the quality of the simulation model is irrelevant if the results are not interpreted correctly. The manner in which results are reported, along with a lack of standardized guidelines for reports, could contribute to the misinterpretation of results. We propose a hierarchical report structure where each reporting level provides additional detail about the simulated performance. Our approach utilizes two recent developments in output analysis: a procedure for omitting statistically meaningless digits in point estimates, and a graphical display called a MORE Plot, which conveys operational risk and statistical error in an intuitive manner on a single graph. Our motivation for developing this approach is to prevent or reduce misinterpretation of simulation results and to provide a foundation for standardized guidelines for reporting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2009
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2009 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Dec 13 2009Dec 16 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Other2009 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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