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Modeling to Give the User Transparency

In this chapter, I will be describing modeling elements that will allow the user of the model better visibility of the model’s functions and also provide some feedback as to expectations of inputs.

User Functionality

When working with models, the role of the user should be paramount in shaping the way the model works. User functionality is all about creating an environment that coerces the user to interact with the model, in the way it was intended by the modeler, with simplicity. Keep in mind that user functionality is not about adding “bells and whistles” that enhance the model’s function—that is model ...

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