What is Design

The design of a model includes the applied analytical techniques used; the style used to organize the model; the methods of storing, naming, and reporting data; and the display of results of that analysis in tabular or graphical formats. We cover these topics as follows:

1. The fundamental architecture of models is covered in the application chapters.

2. The style guidelines, including methods of naming variables, ordering equations, laying out equations (or their graphical expressions such as in Simulink), and describing the model, are covered in this chapter. These guidelines are generally followed in the applications shown in the other chapters.

3. Methods of collecting and storing data, identifying the sources of the data (sometimes known as metadata), and reporting it are covered in this chapter and in Chapter 4, "Importing and Reporting Your Data."

4. Methods of accurately displaying the most important data to maximize understanding and minimize distortion, misleading impressions, and distractions are covered in Chapter 17, under "Rules for Effective Graphics" on page 426.

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