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Simulation with Arena (with CD-ROM) [Hardcover]

W. David Kelton , Randall P Sadowski , David T Sturrock
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July 17 2003 0072919817 978-0072919813 3
The first edition of this book was the first text to be written on the Arena software, which is a very popular simulation modeling software. What makes this text the authoritative source on Arena is that it was written by the creators of Arena themselves.

The new third edition follows in the tradition of the successful first and second editions in its tutorial style (via a sequence of carefully crafted examples) and an accessible writing style. The updates include thorough coverage of the new version of the Arena software (Arena 7.01), enhanced support for Excel and Access, and updated examples to reflect the new version of software.

The CD-ROM that accompanies the book contains the Academic version of the Arena software. The software features new capabilities such as model documentation, enhanced plots, file reading and writing, printing and animation symbols.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to get started Jan. 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is a nice book aimed at begineers with lot of nice examples.
The user can start modelling confidently after reading this book and is indispensable for the beginners.A novice can grasp the concepts easily but for an advance learner who is more intrested in integrating VB code less help is available. More emphasis should be laid on the advanced concepts and a short review of commands of SIMAN /CINEMA coupled with some examples would have made this bok truely exceptional.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tough to Read - literally Feb. 6 2005
By C. Waldorf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While this book does have some useful content from the couple chapters I have read, the material is overshadowed by a serious problem - this is almost not readable in the literal sense.

There is something about the small font size and presentation that makes reading the book tough on the eyes, even with a bright light. I read a lot and this is one of the worst presentations I have seen. The other students in the class who I talked with about this textbook also had the same comment. For a book that charges over $100, this is inexcusable.

Unless you want to wind up with a pair of glasses sooner than you think or get a stronger prescription than you have now, avoid this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Surprises Nov. 29 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book achieves its objective. I had not done simulations for years, and this book walks you through the process of learning Arena. It starts out simple--even without actual computer models, just a manual process. It moves through simple high-level, pre-coded models, and then adds complexity. All told, if you work your way through the book, you will understand Arena, a widely used programming language. Note, however, that the student version of the software in this book can only manipulate 15 entities. That's okay for learning, but for real production simulations to answer real questions, then you would need the professional version. That, of course, costs thousands of dollars. Your company would buy this. So, you see where I'm going: if you don't work in an environment that uses Area professionally, all the stuff you learned that is Arena-specific is, well, like memorizing baseball statistics. A nice hobby, but...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to get started Jan. 15 2004
By Nagendra Kumar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a nice book aimed at begineers with lot of nice examples.
The user can start modelling confidently after reading this book and is indispensable for the beginners.A novice can grasp the concepts easily but for an advance learner who is more intrested in integrating VB code less help is available. More emphasis should be laid on the advanced concepts and a short review of commands of SIMAN /CINEMA coupled with some examples would have made this bok truely exceptional.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written Oct. 24 2006
By Sharat Sharma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book is way too wordy. Who has the time to read on and on to figure out even smallest of the issues like errors after running the compiler to execute the file. I do not know if there are alternatives. I did not have one as my prof highly recommended it for course proceedings. It is a stupid's giude explaining all abc's unnecessarily. This book is a absolute hassle for mini course takers in this subject or learner's on the fly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is better than nothing. Oct. 10 2004
By Book Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Overall this is a good book, if a bit overpriced and wordy. Let me put it this way, I guess I really wouldn't want to be without this book. On the other hand, I found it frustrating to use when I needed quick answers, as these authors love getting right into the details. For example, when I wanted to add a conveyor to a process I was modeling, there wasn't a simple introduction at the beginning of the conveyer section to provide a quick, adequate overview. The book doesn't use effective formatting to help one quickly find specific things needed (i.e., Entities Entering Along Conveyor; Entity Proceeds if There is Space; Power and Free Conveyor; Synchronous Movement of Entities; Basic Accumulating; Basic Nonaccumulating; Processing on a Conveyor; Selecting Based on Inspection; Varying Entity Sizes on Accumulating; Failures for Conveyors; Two Merging to One; Choosing Alternate Conveyors; Merging Conveyors; Shrinking Parts on a Conveyor; etc.). Though I recommend this book, you may want to supplement it with another one (i.e., such as a "Dummy" type book) for those times when you need simple, fast answers.
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