The following paper defines the problem of writing symbolic explanation facilities for computer simulations. Our approach towards this problem draws from an existing body of research on a related problem, that of writing an explanation facility for an expert system. We discuss the notion of an explanation facility for a computer simulation with reference to a specific inventory control simulation (Gaither, 1982). We believe, however, that the structure of our explanation facility for Gaither's simulation reflects the structure of human explanatory activities, and thus may be usefully applied in a variety of problem domains.
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