Agent-Based Computational Modelling: Applications in Demography, Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences

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Francesco C. Billari, Thomas Fent, Alexia Prskawetz, Jürgen Scheffran
Taylor & Francis, Mar 13, 2006 - Business & Economics - 226 pages
This book is the outcome of a project that started with the organisation of theTopicalWorkshopon“Agent-BasedComputationalModelling. AnInst- ment for Analysing Complex Adaptive Systems in Demography, Economics and Environment” at the Vienna Institute of Demography, December 4-6, 2003. The workshop brought together scholars from several disciplines, all- ing both for serious scienti?c debate and for informal conversation over a cup co?ee or during a visit to the wonderfulmuseums of Vienna. One of the nicest features of Agent-Based Modelling is indeed the opportunity that scholars ?nd a common language and discuss from their disciplinary perspective, in turn learning from other perspectives. Given the success of the meeting, we found it important to pursue the purpose of collecting these interdisciplinary contributions in a volume. In order to ensure the highest scienti?c standards for the book, we decided that all the contributions (with the sole exception of the introductory chapter) should have been accepted conditional on peer reviews. Generoushelpwasprovidedbyreviewers,someofwhomwereneither directly involved in the workshop nor in the book. All this would not have been possible without the funding provided by the Complex Systems N- work of Excellence (Exystence) funded by the European Union, the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Universit` a Bocconi, and ARC Systems Research GmbH, and the help of the wonderful sta? ofthe Vienna Institute of Demography(in particular,Ani Minassianand Belinda Aparicio Diaz). Agent-Based Modelling is important, interesting and also fun—we hope this book contributes to showing that. Milano Francesco C.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Ecology and Environment
12
AgentBased Modelling A Methodology for the Analysis
17
On the Analysis of Asymmetric Directed Communication
37
Population and Demography
61
An AgentBased Simulation Model of AgeatMarriage Norms
85
Patterns and Alternative
139
AgentBased Modelling of SelfOrganisation Processes
153
Ken Gelder
81
Belinda Aparicio Diaz Thomas Fent 85
85
Mark Seltzer
97
Ken Gelder
111
Mary A Burke Frank Heiland 117
117
Ken Gelder
145
Stephen D Arata
161
Ken Gelder
187

Vampire Bats The MicroMacro Link
173
General Aspects
195
Agent Design for AgentBased Modelling
215
List of illustrations
x
Elizabeth Young
xii
PART
2
PART
3
PART
4
PART SEVEN
7
José B Monleon
20
Terry Castle
29
INTRODUCTION TO PART TWO 49
49
Barbara Creed
64
Patricia White
210
Ken Gelder
225
Fatimah Tobing Rony
242
Teresa A Goddu
265
Tania Modleski
285
INTRODUCTION TO PART TEN
311
Leon Hunt
324
Ken Gelder
349
Audrey
364
Bibliography
379
Index
401
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