Technology

Analytica was designed from the start to combine several key decision-technologies into fully integrated, easy-to-use package. They include: 

  • Visual influence diagrams to define and organize complex models into comprehensible modules.
  • Intelligent arrays™ to make it easy to manage models with multiple dimensions.
  • Monte Carlo simulation to analyze uncertainty and risk with speed and simplicity
  • Optimization, including linear and nonlinear programming.

The technology underlying Analytica is based on a decade of research by decision analysts, computer scientists, and user-interface designers at Carnegie Mellon University, with support from the National Science Foundation.

See below for more details on each technology:

Simple influence diagram

Influence Diagrams

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Monte Carlo Simulation

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Decision Analytics

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What’s Wrong With Spreadsheets

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DIST

SIPS and SLURPS

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