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\ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ\ \ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ\ \ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən\
Etymology : understanding (Middle English, from Old English understandan, from under + standan to stand) + simulation (Middle English simulacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin simulation-, simulatio, from simulare)
Function : noun

understanding: the ability to know or realize how of why something happens, how it works or why it is important.
simulation: a situation in which a particular set of conditions is created artificially in order to study or experience something that could exist in reality. [1]

1: The complex systems of the cities are now simulated so as to understand the ways the cities develop and evolve. [2]

1. Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary
2. “Cities and complexity: understanding cities with cellular automata, agent-based models, and fractals.” Michael Batty (2005)

(Vagia Pantou, 10/12/2007)
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