Abstract for: Special Interest Group on Model Analysis (SIG-MA) Poster Presentation

The Special Interest Group on Model Analysis (SIG-MA) focuses on the development, use and advancement of formal model analysis methods in System Dynamics. These methods currently include: Pathway Participation Metric, Ford’s Behavioural Analysis and Eigenstructure-based methods, amongst others. The focus of this group is not so much on the validity of model equations as, given the equations, how can they best be analyzed and interpreted back to reality. The activities of SIG-MA include facilitating communication amongst model analysts by moderated listserve discussions. These focus on theoretical developments as well as improving the means of communication of analysis results. We are expanding our activities to the further development of tools for model analysis and clear communication of their use (and benefits) in applications. The SIG-MA is open to all system dynamicists interested in formal analysis. Please contact Jill Slinger ([email protected]) to join our listserve ([email protected]).

Abstract for: Model Analysis Roundtable and SIG-MA Annual Meeting

At the 2008 System Dynamics Conference in Athens a survey of the understanding and expectations of conference participants regarding model analysis was conducted. Respondents included both those active in research on formal model analysis and those only vaguely familiar with the term. Results from the survey will be presented and discussed. The implications for the Special Interest Group on Model Analysis (SIG-MA) will be explored under the chairmanship of the newly elected co-chair of the SIG-MA.