A computer simulation language
describes the operation of a simulation
on a computer. There are two major types of simulation: continuous and discrete-event though more modern languages can handle combinations. Most languages also have a graphical interface and at least simple statistical gathering capability for the analysis of the results. An important part of discrete-event languages is the ability to generate pseudo-random numbers
and variates from different probability distributions
. Examples are:
- Continuous simulation languages, viewing the model essentially as a set of differential equations.
- Discrete-event simulation languages, viewing the model as a sequnce of random events each causing a change in state.
- Others, classification unknown.