I am developing a simulator for a data mining tool. The simulator will be an abstract version of the tool so that people can perform their experiments easily.

I am doing this project for a post Masters Degree and "verification and validation" are a part of the report. Please note that this is not a research degree and the projects are fixed term. So my project time cannot be extended. Also, its not a research project so a publication is not required.


The problem is that I don't have enough time left for the project and my simulator is not realistic enough to validate with the real tool. I asked the director of our program and he told me that I should ask my stakeholders to limit the scope of the implementation and I should validate against a limited scope. But whenever I ask one of my stakeholders(who will be using the simulator), he says that I cannot validate my simulator against the real tool unless I do all of the implementation. I asked him to restrict the scope of validation(only for the report) so that I can put the validation in my report. He said that we can ask my supervisor (who is on vacation for the next three weeks and isn't responding to emails).

I could try and finish the implementation by spending my weekends and nights on it but even then I will not be able to put the validation in my report because the report deadline is a month before the project deadline.

Do you have any suggestions for the validation of my simulator ?

closed as off-topic by gman, Wrzlprmft, scaaahu, user3209815, Buzz Jul 28 '16 at 14:41

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    I’m voting to close this question as off-topic because it mainly is about the contents of your research and not about academia itself. It may be on-topic on Data Science or Cross Validated. Possible aspects that are not field-specific may (such as how to deal with impossible goals when your supervisor is not available) may be on-topic here though. – Wrzlprmft Jul 28 '16 at 11:02
  • I posted this question on programmers stack exchange but they said that it was off topic because its related to academia and I should post it here. – statboy Jul 28 '16 at 11:04
  • Well it is related to academia and some questions related to your problem are on-topic here but your main question (How do I validate my simulator?) is certainly not on-topic here. I am sorry that you have been passed from pillar to post (and please check the sites I recommended to avoid this happening again), but we are simply not equipped for handling your question. – Wrzlprmft Jul 28 '16 at 11:11
  • Can you publish your code on public repositories such as github and perhaps some people will extend your work in the future after you finish the thesis? – Mikey Mike Jul 28 '16 at 12:55
  • I could but only after I have graduated and received permission from my stakeholders. Any suggestions for my situation? – statboy Jul 28 '16 at 13:02

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