Model validation - IDEF0 diagram
This IDEF0 diagram sample was created on the base of the figure from the website of the Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). [mel.nist.gov/msidlibrary/doc/kc_morris/gsa-final_files/image011.gif]
"Verification and Validation of Computer Simulation Models is conducted during the development of a simulation model with the ultimate goal of producing an accurate and credible model.
"Simulation models are increasingly being used to solve problems and to aid in decision-making. The developers and users of these models, the decision makers using information obtained from the results of these models, and the individuals affected by decisions based on such models are all rightly concerned with whether a model and its results are “correct”". This concern is addressed through verification and validation of the simulation model.
Simulation models are approximate imitations of real-world systems and they never exactly imitate the real-world system. Due to that, a model should be verified and validated to the degree needed for the models intended purpose or application.
The verification and validation of simulation model starts after functional specifications have been documented and initial model development has been completed. Verification and validation is an iterative process that takes place throughout the development of a model." [Verification and Validation of Computer Simulation Models. Wikipedia]
The IDEF0 diagram example "Model validation" was created using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the IDEF0 Diagrams solution from the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.