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Supermodels and James Bond: How They Are Different From Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation. Alexander S. Mentis 15 October 2013. Agent-Based Modeling?. Sadly, no. Then what is it?. Simulation The imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time

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Supermodels and james bond how they are different from agent based modeling and simulation

Supermodels and James Bond: How They Are Different From Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation

Alexander S. Mentis

15 October 2013


Agent based modeling

Agent-Based Modeling?

Sadly, no.


Then what is it

Then what is it?

  • Simulation

    • The imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time

      Not to be confused with…

  • Emulation

    • The replication of the behavior of a real-world process or system


Benefits of simulation

Benefits of Simulation

  • Faster (maybe)

  • Cheaper (maybe)

  • Safer (most likely)


Simulation begins with a model

Simulation begins with a model…

  • The “model represents the key characteristics or behaviors/functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process”

  • Agent-based modeling (ABM) models “the actions and interactions of autonomous agents … with a view to assessing their effects on the system as a whole”

(Source: Wikiknow-it-all)


Verification and validation

Verification and Validation

  • Verification

    • “Am I building the thing right?”

    • Is the functionality implemented correctly?

  • Validation

    • “Am I building the right thing?”

    • Does the behavior of the simulated system match the behavior of the real one?

    • Does the simulation produce the needed output?


Applications of simulation

Applications of Simulation

  • Training and education

  • “What-if?” analysis and prediction

  • Testing

  • Studying complex systems

    • Biology

    • Ecology

    • Social/network science


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