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Built-in functions : in_preceding function

in_preceding function -- new in Simile v5.7

Usage: in_preceding(expression of any type) returns that type

Definition: Used in a multi-instance submodel, returns the value of the argument expression  as it would be in the preceding instance of that submodel, or 0 or "false" in the first instance. The argument can include the function prev(0) to refer to the value in the previous submodel instance of the component in whose equation the in_preceding() function appears.

Note that a model that contains a circular set of influences can build and run properly if the input parameter associated with one of the influences is only used in the argument of an in_preceding() function. This is because since the value of the argument is calculated for one submodel instance and then used in the next, there is no actual circular dependency.

Example 1:

A 5-instance submodel contains a variable with the equation


The values will be:

1 3 6 10 15

Example 2:

An 8-instance submodel contains two variables, "received" and "forwarded". These are connected to one another by influences in each direction. The equation for "forwarded" is received/2. The equation for "received" is

if index(1)==1 then 200 else in_preceding(forwarded)

The values of "received" for the 8 instances will be:

200 100 50 25 12.5 6.25 3.125 1.5625
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