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Laboratory for Simulation Development

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This document contains a description of the main purposes and characteristics of Lsd. It discussesthe problems related to the use of simulations in social sciences and describes how Lsd tackles theseproblems.In general, the use of simulations is constrained by two kinds of problems: difficulties in buildingthe programs and difficulties to make use of other people’s programs. Lsd proposes a system tofacilitate both aspects of the use of simulation models. This document is mainly concerned with theuse of simulations by unskilled computer users, and describes in detail how Lsd can be successfullyused to explore and use a model without requiring any programming knowledge. Though it is notthe main concern of the document, there are also few hints on the aspect of simulation programbuilding.

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Marco Valente

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