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    This module provides an introduction to Simile, a powerful modelling language with some innovative features. Simile is being developed by Dr Robert Muetzelfeldt, at the University of Edinburgh, with suggestions and testing by a number of users. The package is still under development, so it is getting better all the time, but it is already a sophisticated and stable package. Good documentation is available at http://www.ierm.ed.ac.uk/simile, including some that was prepared when Simile was known by its previous name, AME (Agroforestry Modelling Environment). The latest version of the software can also be downloaded without charge from this Web site, for PCs with Windows 9x or computers running Linux. Dr Muetzelfeldt has long had an interest in efficient representation of ecological information, and his development of Simile was due in part because of his concern that with many models, the documentation, diagrams and computer implementation diverge. So he set out to build a modelling platform where the diagram was the model and the documentation, and he's close to achieving this goal. He's also provided the possibility to create a model that runs on a computer without the need for computer code or mathematical equations. However, there's no free lunch, and it is necessary to learn some of the standard notation used in systems dynamics to be able to use this package. This module provides introduces the systems dynamics notation, and then provides a worked example of developing a Simile model to represent a personal bank account. Some of the unique features of simile are then examined with reference to a simple forestry model. Finally, two other examples of forestry models are presented briefly.

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    Title : Introduction to Simile
    Author(s) : Jerome K Vanclay
    Abstract : This module provides an introduction to Simile, a powerful modelling language with some innovative features. Simile is being developed by Dr Robert Muetzelfeldt, at the University of Edinburgh, with suggestions and testing by a number of users. The package is still under development, so it is getting better all the time, but it is already a sophisticated and stable package. Good documentation is available at http://www.ierm.ed.ac.uk/simile, including some that was prepared when Simile was known by its previous name, AME (Agroforestry Modelling Environment). The latest version of the software can also be downloaded without charge from this Web site, for PCs with Windows 9x or computers running Linux. Dr Muetzelfeldt has long had an interest in efficient representation of ecological information, and his development of Simile was due in part because of his concern that with many models, the documentation, diagrams and computer implementation diverge. So he set out to build a modelling platform where the diagram was the model and the documentation, and he's close to achieving this goal. He's also provided the possibility to create a model that runs on a computer without the need for computer code or mathematical equations. However, there's no free lunch, and it is necessary to learn some of the standard notation used in systems dynamics to be able to use this package. This module provides introduces the systems dynamics notation, and then provides a worked example of developing a Simile model to represent a personal bank account. Some of the unique features of simile are then examined with reference to a simple forestry model. Finally, two other examples of forestry models are presented briefly.
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    Area : Other
    Language : English
    Year : 2001

    Affiliations Southern Cross University
    Editors : S. Harrison, J. Herbohn, E. Mangaoang, J. Vanclay
    Issue : March
    Publisher : Rainforest CRC
    Pages : 85-93
    Url : http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:8278/U128_man.pdf

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