Agent-based Modelling in Geographical Systems

Recently Andrew Crooks and I wrote a short introductory chapter entitled “Agent-based Modeling in Geographical Systems” for AccessScience (a online version of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology).


In the chapter we trace the rise in agent-based modeling within geographical systems with a specific emphasis of cities. We briefly outline how thinking and modeling cities has changed and how agent-based models align with this thinking along with giving a selection of example applications. We discuss the current limitations of agent-based models and ways of overcoming them and how such models can and have been used to support real world decision-making.
Conceptualization of an agent-based model where people are connected to each other and take actions when a specific condition is met

 Full Reference:

Heppenstall, A. and Crooks, A.T. (2016). Agent-based Modeling in Geographical Systems, AccessScience, McGraw-Hill Education, Columbus, OH. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1036/1097-8542.YB160741. (pdf)

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