Proc. of the Workshop on Agent Simulation [electronic resource] : Applications, Models, and Tools, Oct. 15-16, 1999
- Chicago, Ill : University of Chicago, 2000.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Argonne National Laboratory
University of Chicago
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- The many motivations for employing agent-based computation in the social sciences are reviewed. It is argued that there exist three distinct uses of agent modeling techniques. One such use--the simplest--is conceptually quite close to traditional simulation in operations research. This use arises when equations can be formulated that completely describe a social process, and these equations are explicitly soluble, either analytically or numerically. In the former case, the agent model is merely a tool for presenting results, while in the latter it is a novel kind of Monte Carlo analysis. A second, more commonplace usage of computational agent models arises when mathematical models can be written down but not completely solved. In this case the agent-based model can shed significant light on the solution structure, illustrate dynamical properties of the model, serve to test the dependence of results on parameters and assumptions, and be a source of counter-examples. Finally, there are important classes of problems for which writing down equations is not a useful activity. In such circumstances, resort to agent-based computational models may be the only way available to explore such processes systematically, and constitute a third distinct usage of such models.
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Workshop on Agent Simulation: Applications, Models, and Tools, Chicago, IL (US), 10/15/1999--10/16/1999.
Macal, C. M., ed.; Sallach, D., ed.
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