Agent-Based Models

Agent-Based Models

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Aimed at readers with minimal experience in computer programming, this brief book provides a theoretical and methodological rationale for using ABM in the social sciences. It goes on to describe some carefully chosen examples from different disciplines, illustrating different approaches to ABM. It concludes with practical advice about how to design and create ABM, a discussion of validation procedures, and some guidelines about publishing articles based on ABM.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 7.62mm | 136.08g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1412949645
  • 9781412949644
  • 283,667

Table of contents

Series Editor's Introduction
1. The Idea of Agent-Based Modeling
1.1 Agent-Based Modeling
1.2 Some Examples
1.3 The Features of Agent-Based Modeling
1.4 Other Related Modeling Approaches
2. Agents, Environments, and Timescales
2.1 Agents
2.2 Environments
2.3 Randomness
2.4 Time
3. Using Agent-Based Models in Social Science Research
3.1 An Example of Developing an Agent-Based Model
3.2 Verification: Getting Rid of the Bugs
3.3 Validation
3.4 Techniques for Validation
3.5 Summary
4. Designing and Developing Agent-Based Models
4.1 Modeling Toolkits, Libraries, Languages, Frameworks, and Environments
4.2 Using NetLogo to Build Models
4.3 Building the Collectivities Model Step by Step
4.4 Planning an Agent-Based Model Project
4.5 Reporting Agent-Based Model Research
4.6 Summary
5. Advances in Agent-Based Modeling
5.1 Geographical Information Systems
5.2 Learning
5.3 Simulating Language
About the Author
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About Nigel Gilbert

Nigel Gilbert read for a first degree in Engineering, intending to go into the computer industry. However, he was lured into sociology and obtained his doctorate on the sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Michael Mulkay. His research and teaching interests have reflected his continuing interest in both sociology and computer science (and engineering more widely).

His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.

He is also Director of the University's Institute of Advanced Studies and responsible for its development as a leading centre for intellectual interchange.

He is the author or editor of several textbooks on sociological methods of research and statistics and editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.
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