Analytica was designed from the start to combine several key decision-technologies into fully integrated, easy-to-use package. They include:
- Visual influence diagrams to define and organize complex models into comprehensible modules.
- Intelligent arrays™ to make it easy to manage models with multiple dimensions.
- Monte Carlo simulation to analyze uncertainty and risk with speed and simplicity
- Optimization, including linear and nonlinear programming.
The technology underlying Analytica is based on a decade of research by decision analysts, computer scientists, and user-interface designers at Carnegie Mellon University, with support from the National Science Foundation.
See below for more details on each technology: