I am trying to understand why Samaritan runs the simulation in Person Of Interest Season 5 Episode 4 as it does.
From here on forwards Finch, Reese and Root will be referred to as "FRR".
Shaw is Back!!! (From here on, Shaw will be referred to as "X".)
We see "X" going through a simulation, which Samaritan expects to find The Machine through.
What I think is the above method will show how "X" might take decision but and might even be able to guess the decision/behavior of "FRR". Since Samaritan have some data and records of how Finch, Reese and Root behave and operate. But simulation can only show what decision a person under simulation("X") takes, may even be able to reveal what "X" knows, but it can't show what "FRR" knows since they are creation of Samaritan, and not real. The knowledge of "FRR" Simulation will only be limited to what Samaritan knows about them. And hence the Simulated "FRR" will never be able to take "X" to the place where The Machine is.
Like under simulation "FRR" might say to "X" 'Lets go to The Machine' but it won't be able to take "X" there, since they don't have that knowledge.
Which is why I am confused when "FRR" kept saying that they can't/shouldn't take "X" to the Machine. The Simulation should be about "X" going to where "FRR" hides and thereby revealing where The Machine is, instead of about "FRR" leading "X" to The Machine.