The Scientific Method of Choosing Model Fidelity
Bailey, Michael P.
Kemple, William G.
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Simulation modeling currently enjoys great popularity as a tool for solving problems within Department of Defense activities. In this work we consider the process of upgrading an existing simulation model by increasing the fidelity of the model. The submodels to be upgraded and the degree to which they are upgraded should be chosen in a coherent, scientific manner. This is currently not the norm. In this work we describe a method which a simulation analyst can use to choose from a set of proposed model upgrades that accounts for both the costs of the upgrades as well as the benefits.