Agent-based models: because they're worth it?

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dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, David en
dc.contributor.author Millington, JDA en
dc.contributor.author Perry, George en
dc.contributor.author Wainwright, J en
dc.contributor.editor Heppenstall, AJ en
dc.contributor.editor Crooks, AT en
dc.contributor.editor See, LM en
dc.contributor.editor Batty, M en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-27T23:15:18Z en
dc.date.issued 2012 en
dc.identifier.citation In Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems. Editors: Heppenstall AJ, Crooks AT, See LM, Batty M. 109-123. Springer, New York 2012 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/19206 en
dc.description.abstract We address the question of when the relative complicatedness of spatial agent-based models (ABMs) compared to alternative modelling approaches can be justifi ed. The spectrum of ABM types from simple, abstract models to complicated models aspiring to realism makes a single answer impossible. Therefore we focus on identifying circumstances where the advantages of ABMs outweigh the additional effort involved. We fi rst recall the reasons for building any model: to simplify the phenomena at hand to improve understanding. Thus, the representational detail of ABMs may not always be desirable. We suggest that critical aspects of the phenomena of interest that help us to assess the likely usefulness of ABMs are the nature of the decisions which actors make, and how their decisions relate to the spatio-temporal grain and extent of the system. More specifi cally, the heterogeneity of the decision-making context of actors, the importance of interaction effects, and the overall size and organization of the system must be considered. We conclude by suggesting that there are good grounds based on our discussion for ABMs to become a widely used approach in understanding many spatial systems. en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.relation.ispartof Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems en
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dc.title Agent-based models: because they're worth it? en
dc.type Book Item en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/978-90-481-8927-4_6 en
pubs.begin-page 109 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Springer en
pubs.author-url http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8927-4_6 en
pubs.end-page 123 en
pubs.place-of-publication New York en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.elements-id 233877 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id School of Environment en
pubs.number 6 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-10-19 en


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