Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time.

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How to generate a random snowflake

'Tis the season... And it's about time I posed my first question on Mathematica Stack Exchange. So, here's an holiday quest for you Graphics (and P-Chem?) gurus. What is your best code for generating ...
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Random polyhedra walk

I would like to recreate ssch's random polyhedra random walk, which he posted in the chat. For convenience here it is again: Since it's been one and a half year since then I've certainly had time ...
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Animation of double pendulum

Sadly, I am a completely newbie. I am studying Physics and in our theoretical physics class we got the task to solve the double pendulum using Mathematica. We just got the program, but no introduction ...
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Creating a simulation of our Solar System

As the title says, my objective is to create a simulation of the motion of the planets in our Solar System using Mathematica. All the theoretical background regarding the equations of motion of ...
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Simulating Theatre puzzle

I have been trying to simulate the process of the theatre puzzle from the Joy of X (Strogatz). The puzzle, and some relevant material are here. My simplistic coding for this process follows: ...
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Finding the volume of a sphere using the Monte Carlo algorithm

I used the following code to find the volume of the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2 \leq 1$ in the first octant: ...
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How can I simulate this toggle mechanism?

I've been introduced to Mathematica very recently. Basically, I haven't actually "solved" anything in my Mathematica lifetime, but I've done some simulations. With my fractional knowledge, I tried ...
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Simulating Stochastic Processes the MMA way

This question is really a specific problem and a methodological one concerning MMA best practices. I want to simulate a system of stochastic processes. If this were a geometric Brownian motion or ...
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Simulating discrete time stochastic dynamic systems

What is the canonical way of simulating discrete time stochastic dynamical systems in Mathematica using the new functionality of Random processes? To take a concrete example, lets consider the ...
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Efficient GeometricBrownianMotionProcess Monte Carlo simulation

Following the answers in this post, I'm trying to implement something similar. If the GBM stays inside the corridor [L, U] between predefined times it should return ...
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Simulate a simple spinner

I'm teaching some simple ideas in probability to students in grade 7. The "spinner" below works, but I'm wondering how I could make it just a bit more realistic by having it actually "spin" around a ...
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How to do System dynamics simulations / diagrams in Mathematica?

System dynamics is an approach to understanding the behaviour of complex systems over time. It deals with internal feedback loops and time delays that affect the behaviour of the entire system. What ...
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Fast Simulations with Compile

this post relates to another post that I didn't follow up propely. If I wanted to simulate a system of stochastic proesses like the following, and loop over this run many many times would writing the ...
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How to improve the accuracy of this Monte Carlo simulation

A friend of mine went on an interview and he was asked to calculate the angle between the hour hand and minute hand of an analog clock when the time was 3:15. Arguably, this is a trivial problem that ...
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Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Simulation

I am simulating Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy which basically involves tracking the random motion of particles in a box with periodic boundary conditions and then calculating their intensity ...
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3D Random Walk with Periodic Boundary Conditions

I am working on a 3D random walk with periodic boundary conditions and have written a program that will do this for me but it is extremely slow. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could speed ...
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Impact Crater Simulation

I have been trying to model crater formation on a given planetary surface - $500\,\textrm{km}^2$. The locations of impacts are random, however, if an impact is within $30\,\textrm{km}$ of another, the ...
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Resources on Mathematica and strong AI (a.k.a. AGI)

David Deutsch (physicist / quantum computing theorist) wrote an article for Aeon Magazine last year: On Artificial Intelligence that got me thinking. The article assesses and critiques the ...
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1D Random Walk with Excluded Sites and Variable Time-Step

Here is the physical problem I would like to simulate: Consider the following variations to the 1d random walk: allow for certain, random sites to be excluded with probability 1/2. allow for the ...
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Partial Differential Equation in Parallel

is there any native way to implement multi-core parallel solving of PDE in Wolfram Mathematica? WM 10 now supports Finite Elements Method, but it is actually useless without parallelization. Usually ...
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Simulate random data with correlation

I would like to simulate some random data e.g. between 0 and 1, but with a given correlation. In other words some data where the correlation between two datasets is e.g. a constant or within a give ...
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Optimizing Monte Carlo simulation of a Pred-Prey model

My assignment and code As part of an assignment for one of my classes, I'm trying to run a "massive" Monte Carlo simulation in Parallel on the follow model: ...
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Monte Carlo simulation using geometric Brownian motion

I'm relatively new to Mathematica programming, so forgive my rather unsophisticated question: I'm trying to do a Monte Carlo simulation using geometric Brownian motion (GBM). I want to write a ...
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How to define a distribution that 90% of the time gives me 0?

This maybe a simple question, but I am just stuck with it. I want to do some simulation, say with 0.9 probability, I get a 1, and 0.1 probability get a 0. How would I do that? Where should I start? ...
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Making mathematical animations with Mathematica

I recently stumbled upon the Cycloid and was working on finding its length and such when I found this animation on Wikipedia. Strikingly pretty and small in size too (66KB) So on searching how he ...
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Is there a free version of the Springer book “Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica”?

Is there a free version of the Springer book: $$\text{Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica}$$ by Rose and Smith ... available on the internet?
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Split list of states by run lengths and discontinuous changes in state

I was asked to look into writing some simulation code for a user, where the simulation output (x) would oscillate between three possible states: ...
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Simple Monte Carlo simulation

I want to find the Monte Carlo simulation of the integral $$\int_0^1 \sqrt{1-x^2}\mathrm dx$$ The Cesàro mean is $$I_n=\frac1n\sum_{k=1}^{n} f(U_k) $$ I want to plot the scatter plot ...
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Simulating a Stochastic Process within certain bounds

I would like to simulate paths of a Geometric Brownian Motion till it hits one of two barriers, say 10 or 200. ...
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Simulation Sample Paths for Stochastic Approximation Algorithm

Let $X_t$ be IID random variables in $[0,1]$ and CDF $F(\cdot)$. Suppose there exists a variable $Y_t$ given by: $Y_1 = X_1$ and $Y_t = \phi(X_t, \overline{Y}_{t-1}), \forall t >1$, where ...
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Changing a wave simulation

I want to adjust some code that I found on this Wolfram Demonstration: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/WaterRipplesPassingThroughASlit/ Basically it shows a wave passing through a single slit. I ...
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How to start simulating physical problems?

I'm quite new to Mathematica, I have version 9. I need to use it to simulate some physical problems. I know the equations (like Maxwell's equations and Newton's laws and so on), but I have no real ...
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Problem using WhenEvent to constrain solution

Note: This question has also been posted at the Wolfram Community Problem: Simulate pressure in volume 1 and 2 for 1 second. The circuit is as follows: From this I set up the governing DE for ...
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Evaluation problems with NDSolve using the fixed step ExplicitEuler-Method

Motivation I am using Mathematica to implement System Dynamics (SD) models, e.g. differential equation models as applied to management/economic problems following the "methodology" of Jay W. ...
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Finding the area of a circle using monte carlo simulation [duplicate]

I wrote the following code to find the area of the circle $x^2+y^2=1$ using monte carlo simulation : ...
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Monte Carlo Volume Calculation and Speed Up

I am trying to do a Monte Carlo area calculation for an irregular area defined by: $$0 \le x \le 1, 10 \le y \le 13, y \ge 12 \cos(x), y \ge 10 + x^3$$ I used the code with modifications (so I can ...
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Simulating a bounded continuous random walk in $n$-dimensions

You're given three $n$-dimensional real vectors, $\mathbf{x_0}$, $\mathbf{a}$ and $\mathbf{b}$, with $\mathbf{a} \le \mathbf{x_0} \le \mathbf{b}$ (vector inequality means component-wise inequality). ...
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Circular membrane vibration simulation

I'm new in Mathematica and I'm trying to simulate the vibration of a circular membrane for math project but I don't even know how to start. The wave equation describes the displacement of the ...
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Simulating a quick return mechanism

Last time, I got a satisfying answer for simulating a toggle mechanism, just as expected. NDSolve is great. I tried playing with it (as a matter of fact, @MichaelE2 ...
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How do I represent a system dynamics feedback loop?

In System Dynamics, if I want represent the relationship between Speed and Distances, I create a Flow (Speed) and a Stock (Distance) as you can see in this Insight Maker Sample . Heres an Image of how ...
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how can I make a control for my vector equation in my simulation?

I'm trying to build a control selector or menu for equations to put into my curvature simulations. However all the code I've tried hasn't worked.Does anyone know how I could make a control selector or ...
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How to simulate the 1-D motion of a particle under constant acceleration? [duplicate]

I am trying to represent the position of an object under freefall, but am completely lost. Here is my attempt so far: ...
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RandomVariate does not evaluate a Hyperbolic Distribution

Any Idea why I can't get a result from this expression: ...
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How to deal with Part in a function?

I need to iterate several functions such as {3 x[[1]]^2 + x[[2]], x[[2]], x[[3]]}, {Exp[x[[4]]], x[[2]], x[[3]], x[[4]]},etc. ...
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How to save (large) data generated from simulations

The following is a simple example of a much larger simulation that I want to run Define some processes ...
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Solar system simulation (n-body physics) with OpenCL

I would like to simulate a n-body solar system in Mathematica. I have found the following example: ...
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Randomly generated polymer with certain spatial density

For simplicity's sake, let the polymer's composing particle be integer 3-tuples (on 3D Cartesian grid), such that: Polymer-ness -- for all particle there is an directly adjacent neighbor. i.e in ...
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How to speed up a system simulation?

I need to simulate a series of nonlinear (and linear) with thousands of state variables. Here is a simple linear example ...
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Speed up iterated manipulations of a graph / table

I am trying to generate a version of Watts' model of cascading shocks to a network following the discussion on p. 20-25 of this article. The basic premise is to use the ...
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Solving coupled first-order autonomous differential equations

I am trying to run a simulation of a circuit to observe chaotic behavior, and have obtained a set of differential equations from an analysis of the circuit. I thought perhaps I could produce a plot ...