Accession Number : ADA183358

Title :   A Comparative Analysis of a Generalized Lanchester Equation Model and a Stochastic Computer Simulation Model.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : West,Terry A

PDF Url : ADA183358

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 145

Abstract : This thesis involved a numerical experiment to compare a deterministic Generalized Lanchester Equation model, referred to as the M/W model, and a stochastic computer simulation model, referred to as the C/S model. A discussion of the historical background of Lanchester's equations precedes the presentation of the two models and the experimental design. The results are presented graphically and show that the M/W force level trajectory is a good approximation for the C/S force level trajectory. It was also shown that the two model's trajectories behaved similarly. These results indicate that deterministic attrition models may often be good approximations for the mean of stochastic combat attrition models. Command and control applications of a model like the M/W model, are presented and a list of suggested follow-on research is provided to stimulate further work in this area. Keywords: Command, Control and communications; Theses.

Descriptors :   *LANCHESTER EQUATIONS, *MATHEMATICAL MODELS, *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ATTRITION, DETERMINANTS(MATHEMATICS), EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, THESES, TRAJECTORIES, COMPARISON, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MILITARY APPLICATIONS

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE