What This Book is About. Modeling. Decision Support Systems. Overview of Visual IFPS/Plus. What Occurs in an Interactive Visual IFPS/Plus Session-Student Version.
2. Getting Started in Visual IFPS/Plus.
Getting Started: Hardware Requirements and Installation. Creating a Simple IFPS Model. Saving the Model You Have Created. Obtaining Answers (SOLVE). Printing Out Results. Dealing with Models in Your Directory. How to Get Out of IFPS/Plus. Correcting Mistakes (Editing). The New Product Model — An Example. Some Principles and Rules in Writing Your Model. An Example — A Pro Forma Profit and Loss Statement. What to Do If You Need Help (The IFPS/Plus Help Subsystem).
3. Solving Visual IFPS/Plus Models.
Using Visual IFPS/Plus to Ask Questions about the Model. Graphs. Explain, Analyze, Outline: Understanding Why You Get the Results You Do. Using Data Files in Solving Models. Creating Reports. Choosing Text Format and Colors.
4. Features of the IFPS Language.
Templates (Using IFPS to Help You Write Your Model Correctly). Built in Functions (Financial, Forecasting, Mathematical). Subroutines (Depreciation, Amortization). Additional Calculational Features.
5. The IFPS/Plus Database.
The IFPS Database. Accessing Databases. Creating Databases Directly. Using Model Outputs in Creating Databases. Using Datafiles to Create a Relation. Solving a Model Using Data from Relations. Asking Simple Questions of the Database (QUERY).
6. IFPS/Plus Computational Features.
Options. Variable Dictionary. Importing Files, Data, and Databases (Import, Import Data). Managing Files (Search, Copy, Delete). Creating Different Names and Values Each Time a Model or Report is Solved (Micros). Generating Many Model Statements with Only a Few Lines (GENERATE). Consolidation. Files Entity. Rule Tables. Rule Tables. Creating and Using Sets (Setfile and Setname).
7. Applications of IFPS/Plus.
Applications in Finance. Applications in Statistics. Applications in Production and Operations Analysis.
8. The IFPS/Plus Server.
The Command Session. Command Files. Tagged Datafiles (Creating a Third Dimension). More on Consolidation.
9. Monte Carlo Simulation (Risk Analysis).
The Rationale and Use of Simulation. IFPS Approach to Simulation. Built-in Probability Distributions. Defining Your Own Probability Distributions. Choosing the Same Random Number for All Periods or a New Value for Each Period. Example: The Simple IFPS/Plus Model with Uncertainty. Generating Scenarios (HIGH, LOW, MEAN, MOSTP). Running a Monte Carlo Simulation. STOP Command (What to Do If You Make an Options Mistake). Interpreting Monte Carlo Results. The POOL Command. Example: The New Product Model with Uncertainty. Example: A Risk Analysis Model. Example: Testing the IFPS Random Number Generator.