System Dynamics for Cheapskates
As I said in Portland, MCSim first attracted my attention because it is free software. It's kept my attention as I've used it for the past eight months because I continue to find it helps me think more effectively about the important issues surrounding problems I'm addressing.
You can see the slides of my talk; they're probably of most use for those of you who heard the presentation and would like to see them again. They go hand in hand with System Dynamics with MCSim: A Facilitated System Quick Reference, a reference card that I passed out.
Not surprisingly, the trajectory plot, a generalization of a phase plane plot, seemed to attract attention as a potentially useful and novel way to look at data (this example is from a simple SIR model as initially developed by Kermack and Kendrick). Perhaps more surprisingly, the stereogram of the trajectory plot, shown on page 20 of the slides, attracted attention as a useful way to visualize 3-D data in general.
I do have left-over quick reference cards, some of which I'll be using in an upcoming, related presentation. I'm willing to give away some of the remainder afterwards for free; send me an email with your address if you'd like one.
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