Amazingly we actually finished the book and still liked each other enough to tolerate being in the same room (the photo is proof!). We shared the launch with the amazing Mike Batty and his new book. A really lovely evening, thanks to CASA and Adam Dennett for funding and organising 🙂
It’s been a long time in the making but now “Agent-Based Modelling and Geographical Information Systems: A Practical Primer” has been published by Sage. We (Nicolas Malleson, Ed Manley, Alison Heppenstalland myself) approached this book from two standpoints. First, to provide a synthesis of the underpinning ideas, techniques andframeworks for integrating agent-based modelling and geographical information systems (GIS). Second, building on our experiences of teaching at various levels, to provide a practical set of information for the development of agent-based models for geographical systems.
From these two standpoints we have developed a book that provides a practical primer in the integration of agent-based modelling and geographical information systems. In outlining the subject we cover many examples of geographical phenomena, from linking the individual movements of pedestrians to aggregate patterns of urban growth, to the integration of social networks into modelling mobility. Through this text, we hope the reader will understand how the field has developed, how agent-based models are different from other modelling approaches, and the future challenges we see lying ahead.
By using sample code and data (all of which can be found on the accompanying website https://www.abmgis.org/) we provide the reader with many of the basic building blocks for constructing agent-based models linked to geographical information systems. Throughout the book we use the software package NetLogo, as it provides an easy route to learn and build agent-based models (although in the appendix we provide links to other models created in other platforms).