CP045: Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulations in Excel

In the 45th session of Chandoo.org podcast, let’s get in to Monte Carlo simulations.

Introduction to Monte Carlo simulations in Excel - Chandoo.org podcast - session 045

What is in this session?

In this podcast,

  • Quick personal updates – 200km BRM and book delay
  • History of Monte Carlo simulations
  • Monte Carlo simulations – an example
  • How to do simulations in Excel
    • Formulas
    • VBA
    • Data Tables
  • Using data tables to run simulations – case study – estimating Pi value
  • Things to keep in mind when setting up your simulation models
  • Resources on Monte Carlo simulations in Excel
  • Conclusions

Listen to this session

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Resources on Monte Carlo simulations

Articles & tutorials on data tables & Monte Carlo simulations

Example workbook – Estimating Pi value with Monte Carlo simulations


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Transcript of this session:

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One Response to “CP045: Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulations in Excel”

  1. Maxim says:

    Simulated inventory planning process at work and for academic purposes. Originally Excel+VBA model, then it was extended and converted to Anylogic software:


    Excel knowledge helps alot at model output verification step :).

    P.S. I think chandoo.org is the best excel site in the web, reading it for 2+ years

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