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Can we learn from wrong simulation models? A preliminary experimental study on user learning

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posted on 05.02.2018, 15:12 by Naoum Tsioptsias, Antuela Tako, Stewart Robinson
A number of authors believe that wrong models can be useful, providing learning opportunities for their users. This paper details an experiment on model complexity, investigating differences in learning after using a simplified versus an adequate version of the same model. Undergraduate students were asked to solve a resource utilization task for an ambulance service. The treatment variables were defined as the model types used (complex, simple, and no model). Two questionnaires (before and after the process) and a presentation captured participants' attitudes towards the solution. Results suggest differences in learning were not significant, while simple model users demonstrated a better understanding of the problem. This paper consists of a preliminary behavioural operational research study that contributes towards identifying the value of wrong simulation models from the perspective of model users.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Proceedings of the Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop 2018 (SW18)

Citation

TSIOPTSIAS, N., TAKO, A.A. and ROBINSON, S., 2018. Can we learn from wrong simulation models? A preliminary experimental study on user learning. IN: Anagnostou, A., Meskarian, R. and Robertson, D. (eds.) Proceedings of the Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop 2018 (SW18), Stratford, Worcestershire, UK, 19-21st March, pp.219-229.

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© The Operational Research Society

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/01/2018

Publication date

2018

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This is a conference paper.

Language

en

Location

Worcestershire, UK

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