Defining a Simulation
00:00 For this course, you can imagine that you’re helping the manager of a movie theater improve the customers’ experience. There have been bad reviews for long wait times, but while the manager would like to improve these wait times, they can’t afford to hire too many employees.
00:22 To get started, think about what steps a moviegoer will take before they sit down to watch the movie. They need to arrive at the theater. They need to get in line to buy a ticket. They need to buy the ticket.
00:57 Some of these steps can be controlled, like how many employees are selling tickets or at the concessions area, while others have to be estimated based on previous data, like how many moviegoers actually get in line for concessions.
01:10 The more accurate your estimations are, the more useful your simulation will be, so feel free to deep dive into previous data. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to guess. These are simulations, after all, and are easy to modify, so you can identify different scenarios based on these different guesses.
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