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Strengthening the Reporting of Empirical Simulation Studies: introducing the STRESS guidelines

Strengthening the Reporting of Empirical Simulation Studies: introducing the STRESS guidelines
Strengthening the Reporting of Empirical Simulation Studies: introducing the STRESS guidelines
This study develops a standardised checklist approach to improve the reporting of discrete-event simulation, system dynamics and agent-based simulation models within the field of Operational Research and Management Science. Incomplete or ambiguous reporting means that many simulation studies are not reproducible, leaving other modellers with an incomplete picture of what has been done and unable to judge the reliability of the results. Crucially, unclear reporting makes it difficult to reproduce or reuse findings. In this paper, we review the evidence on the quality of model reporting and consolidate previous work. We derive general good practice principles and three 20-item checklists aimed at Strengthening The Reporting of Empirical Simulation Studies (STRESS): STRESS-DES, STRESS-ABS and STRESS-SD for discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation and system dynamics respectively. Given the variety of simulation projects, we provide usage and trouble-shooting advice to cover a wide range of situations.
Simulation, Reporting, reproducibility, Discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation, system dynamics
1747-7778
55-67
Monks, Thomas
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Currie, Christine
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Onggo, Bhakti Stephen
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Robinson, Stewart
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Kunc, Martin
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Monks, Thomas, Currie, Christine, Onggo, Bhakti Stephen, Robinson, Stewart, Kunc, Martin and Taylor, Simon S.E. (2019) Strengthening the Reporting of Empirical Simulation Studies: introducing the STRESS guidelines. Journal of Simulation, 13 (1), 55-67. (doi:10.1080/17477778.2018.1442155).

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This study develops a standardised checklist approach to improve the reporting of discrete-event simulation, system dynamics and agent-based simulation models within the field of Operational Research and Management Science. Incomplete or ambiguous reporting means that many simulation studies are not reproducible, leaving other modellers with an incomplete picture of what has been done and unable to judge the reliability of the results. Crucially, unclear reporting makes it difficult to reproduce or reuse findings. In this paper, we review the evidence on the quality of model reporting and consolidate previous work. We derive general good practice principles and three 20-item checklists aimed at Strengthening The Reporting of Empirical Simulation Studies (STRESS): STRESS-DES, STRESS-ABS and STRESS-SD for discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation and system dynamics respectively. Given the variety of simulation projects, we provide usage and trouble-shooting advice to cover a wide range of situations.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 February 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 March 2018
Published date: 2 January 2019
Keywords: Simulation, Reporting, reproducibility, Discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation, system dynamics

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Local EPrints ID: 418396
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418396
ISSN: 1747-7778
PURE UUID: dd951829-7c29-4930-a1b3-d43fc86ba72d
ORCID for Thomas Monks: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2631-4481
ORCID for Christine Currie: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7016-3652
ORCID for Bhakti Stephen Onggo: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5899-304X
ORCID for Martin Kunc: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3411-4052

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Date deposited: 06 Mar 2018 17:30
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:58

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