Simulation Modeling and Analysis, Sixth Edition
Averill M. Law, Ph.D.
McGraw-Hill, 2024, 668 pages


Since the publication of the first edition in 1982, the goal of Simulation Modeling and Analysis has always been to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, and technically correct treatment of all important aspects of a simulation study. The book strives to make this material understandable by the use of intuition and numerous figures, examples, and problems. It is equally well suited for use in university courses, simulation practice, and self study. For example, it is used in leading industrial and systems engineering departments at Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Purdue University, Cornell University, Texas A&M University, Columbia University, University of Washington, Penn State University, and Johns Hopkins University. Notable achievements of the book are:

  • Widely considered to be the “bible” of simulation
  • More than 178,000 copies in print
  • Cited more than 25,000 times according to Google Scholar — 1st in simulation books, top 5 in all operations research books
  • Translated into Chinese and Russian

Each book is personally signed by Dr. Averill M. Law.


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  1. Basic Simulation Modeling
  2. Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems
  3. Simulation Software
  4. Review of Basic Probability and Statistics
  5. Building Valid, Credible, and Appropriately Detailed Simulation Models
  6. Selecting Input Probability Distributions (includes Student Version of ExpertFit )
  7. Random-Number Generators
  8. Generating Random Variates
  9. Output Data Analysis for a Single System
  10. Comparing Alternative System Configurations
  11. Variance-Reduction Techniques
  12. Experimental Design and Optimization
  13. Agent-Based Simulation and System Dynamics
  14. AI/Machine Learning Meets Simulation Modeling