If we consider simulation modeling for business applications, we will find three major methodologies of model development:
The system dynamics method assumes high abstraction level and is primarily used for strategic level problems. Process-centric (“DE”) modeling is mainly used on operational and tactical levels. Agent based models are used at all levels: agents can be competing companies, consumers, projects, ideas, or vehicles, pedestrians, robots, etc.
Modeling is based on abstraction, simplification, quantification, and analysis. But why let your tools dictate these first two steps?
It may be possible to model the actions of autonomous agents via System Dynamics but why introduce this additional abstraction and attendant assumptions if Agent Based tools are available?
Conversely, why use Discrete methods to model continuous variables when SD methods are at hand?
And if the environment you are modeling is complex enough why deliberate on which set of abstractions are closest to reality when one tool can provide them all?
AnyLogic is extremely flexible simulation software and provides you with various ways to develop your model.
With AnyLogic you are never limited by a particular simulation method, you can always choose the most efficient one, or combination, to address the problem.