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Insight Maker News: July - August

As the heat steadily rises in California, I hope everyone is the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying their summers. There have been some great improvements to Insight Maker over the past two months.

New Agent Based Modeling Tutorials

Gene Bellinger is developing an interactive Agent Based Modeling learning environment. Via a step by step presentation of the basic concepts you will learn how to develop Agent Based Models which provide a level of information about simulation elements not possible in continuous simulation models. A number of working example models are also presented as learning vehicles. Still developing though expected to be awesome. Check it out here.

Improved Tablet and Phone Support

We took a hard look at Insight Maker's current mobile support and analyzed ways to improve it. We made a number of changes that make Insight Maker's model construction work really well on iOS devices such as the iPad. These changes improve Insight Maker's usability on other mobile platforms such as Android.

More Vectorized Functions

Insight Maker's Vectors make it easy to extend a model to represent many different instances of a system. For example, imagine you have a model to simulate population growth in a single country. Vectors allow you to very easily extend that model to simulate each country in the world. It couldn't be simpler to specify separate parameters (such as population sizes) for each individual country using vectors and then to simulate all the countries at once using a single model.

In this release, Insight Maker's Vector support has been extended. Many functions that weren't vectorized before now are. For example, the following functions previously did not support vectorized arguments, now they do:

  • Seconds(), Minutes(), Years()
  • Step(), Pulse(), Ramp(), Smooth()
  • Delay(), Delay1(), Delay3()
  • PastMean(), PastStdDev(), and much more!