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Analyzing Uncertainty: Probability Distributions and Simulation
Carraway, Robert L. Technical Note QA-0660 / Published August 31, 2005 / 14 pages.
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This note introduces simulation as a tool to analyze uncertainty in business decisions. It first observes the limitations of single point or simple range estimates of key uncertainties, thereby motivating the need to create a risk profile for any alternative that characterizes the full range of possible outcomes and their relative likelihoods. A simple example involving both a discrete and a continuous (triangle) distribution is used. The note is simulation software independent, although output from Crystal Ball is displayed.


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    This note introduces simulation as a tool to analyze uncertainty in business decisions. It first observes the limitations of single point or simple range estimates of key uncertainties, thereby motivating the need to create a risk profile for any alternative that characterizes the full range of possible outcomes and their relative likelihoods. A simple example involving both a discrete and a continuous (triangle) distribution is used. The note is simulation software independent, although output from Crystal Ball is displayed.

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