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I want to propose some approaches in wireless networks and I want to simulate it to prove that it is better than others; but I don't want use commonly-used simulators and I want to create new simulator according to requirements. Is there any difference in paper acceptance for international conferences to use your own simulator or famous simulators?

  • By "international", do you mean "internationally recognized" or "prestigious" or "indexed in DBLP"? – JeffE Jul 11 '14 at 7:20
  • @JeffE I specially mean conferences which indexed by IEEE and others like ISI. – Majid Jul 11 '14 at 7:24
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    Presumably, if there is a technical reason for needing to write your own simulator, the reviewers couldn't reasonably object. However, if there is no technical reason then, regardless of what the reviewers would think, your research time is probably better spent doing novel research rather than writing unnecessary software. – David Richerby Jul 11 '14 at 7:53
  • @DavidRicherby my reason to write new software is that I couldn't find any software proper for my research. – Majid Jul 11 '14 at 8:01
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    @majidgeek Just a side comment, but "there is no proper tool for this, I'll just write my own" is something I hear way too much from my own students as well. Make sure that there actually is no tool, and you're not falling into the trap of thinking it is more convenient to build your own tool than to make something existing work. – xLeitix Jul 11 '14 at 9:58
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The important thing is to use the right tool for the job, and justify it.

The existing simulators have the following advantage: a great deal of time and effort went into their development, and they have been used, debugged, and extended by many people. Therefore, they are likely to be more complete and/or more accurate than anything you could come up with on your own in a reasonable amount of time.

However, if you have a compelling reason why these are not suitable for the particular bit of research you want to do, by all means write your own simulator; but you should be able to justify this in your paper.

For some objective numbers, I refer you to this survey of papers published in MobiHoc from 2000-2005. 80 of the 114 papers that used simulations stated what simulator they used. From those, 22/80 said they used "self-developed or custom simulators" (27.3%).

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