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Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods

Statistical and Numerical Computing

  1. Geir Storvik

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vas025

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Storvik, G. 2006. Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 5.

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  1. University of Oslo, Norway

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Simulation involves using a model to produce results. The growing power of computers and the evolving simulation methodology have led to the recognition of computation as a third approach for advancing the natural sciences, together with theory and traditional experimentation. Many applications of simulation are based on purely deterministic models. If the model contains a stochastic element, we have stochastic simulation, which will be the issue in this article. Stochastic simulation is often called Monte Carlo sampling, especially in engineering and physics literature.