What is simulation?

  • (noun): The act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training).
    See also — Additional definitions below


Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics or behaviors of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation of the system over time.

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Some articles on simulation:

Simulation - Historical Usage
... Actions, Gestures, or Behavior, is called Simulation… —Robert South, South, 1697, p.525 However, the connection between simulation and dissembling later faded out and is now only of linguistic interest ...
Simulation Hypothesis - Consequences of Living in A Simulation
... Based on the assumption that we are living in a simulation, philosophers have hypothesised about the nature of their creators ... at York University argues that there would be multiple reasons to create a simulation In order to avoid the simulation creating another simulation, the first would be deleted ... As it is predicted that we'd have the technology to create simulations in the year 2050, long-term planning after that "would be futile" ...
Simulation Hypothesis - Types of Reality Simulation - Emigration
... In an emigration simulation, the participant would enter the simulation from an outer reality, via a brain-computer interface, but to a much greater degree ... Their outside-world presence remains in stasis during the simulation ... After the simulation is over, the participant's mind is transferred back into their outer-reality body, along with all new memories and experiences gained ...
Mixed Logit - Simulation
... Then the formula for the simulation look like the following. ...
Simulation Hypothesis - Types of Reality Simulation - Virtual Solipsistic Simulation
... In this type of simulation, an artificial consciousness is created the "world" participants perceive exists only within their minds ... only a single solipsistic conscious entity in existence, and is the sole focus of the simulation in the second, there are multiple conscious entities, but each receives a separate but globally consistent version of the ... An intermingled simulation would support both extrinsic and intrinsic types of consciousness beings from an outer reality visiting or emigrating, and virtual-people who are natives of the ...

More definitions of "simulation":

  • (noun): Representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale).
    Synonyms: model
  • (noun): (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program.
    Example: "A simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated"
    Synonyms: computer simulation

Famous quotes containing the word simulation:

    Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey’s fits and starts, rehearses life’s own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.
    Jonathan Raban (b. 1942)