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The user guide comprises 6 sections that are designed to guide you through the complete use of SimSAGS, including navigating your way around the windows, using the example scenario models as well as constructing your own models, getting your model output and analysing the results. Just follow the links below for each of these sections.

Simulation

SimSAGS modelling software is all about bringing together your model concept and your data. They are brought together when you run your simulations. What happens during the simulation process? How is your data used to populate your model? These questions and more answered in this section.
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Windows

Find your way around each of the windows in SimSAGS. Here are descriptions of the menus, buttons and dialog boxes that you can use to operate SimSAGS and work with your model.
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Examples

Explore how to parameterize scenarios using the examples provided in this section. Do you want to look at a wildlife or livestock system, or a system with both wildlife and livestock? What types of plants have you in mind? Have you thought about the statistical framework for your simulations? All the answers are in this section.
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Parameters

In this section there is a comprehensive list of your model parameters, telling you exactly what each means to assist you through the model building process. In the parameters list section, find the category of parameters using the treeview on the left, click on the category and the parameter list with a description of each parameter will appear on the right. Couldn't be easier!
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Output

This section describes how to request output from your model in a variety of formats, graphical images and ascii text flat files. There are some pre-formatted text file types, but there is also a utility which you can use to set up your own list of model variables that you would like to capture, for each daily iteration or summarized by month or year. This utility also offers summary statistics which can be appended to your output.
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Analysis

This section has some suggestions of how you can analyze your model output (described in the previous section) and what other software you might consider using to do so. This suite of analytical and graphical manipulation software has been drawn together through personal experiences using and developing the model software.
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