Intro To Multi Agent Modeling II

This week we're going to continue our investigation into multi-agent modelling. Last week we looked at some simple, though powerful, models and learned a bit about NetLogo. This week we're going to look at some more complex models and begin thinking about what types of simulations we might model in our own research.

  1. I found the following NetLogo User Community Models to be interesting:
    1. Model Market: info here, download here.
    2. Pentapalli: info here, download here
    3. Innovation: info here, download here
    4. Quantum Financial Market: info here, download here
  2. Each one of you should choose one of the above models (or another one if you find it more interesting or useful) and be prepared to discuss it during the seminar. (Again, note the model you choose below under "Netlogo Community Models".) In your discussion you should explain what it does, what it allows the user to learn about, what lessons you might have learned, and any other interesting observations. Each model discussion should take 15-20 minutes (minimum). In this case you should not assume that the other students have investigated the model but you should assume that they are familiar with NetLogo.
  3. Did the models you explored or read about provide any inspiration for a model you might explore? As you saw from your readings, this type of model can simulate many different types of processes. Yours might be about the detection of bugs in a program, or the structure of the economy, or — anything at all. In class, I want you (registered: must; auditing: if you want) to be prepared to come talk about a situation (theory, experiment) that you might model. You don't have to have it fully worked out. I want class time to be an opportunity for you to present your idea and for us to respond to it, critique it, help shape it. Describe the situation for us, and then describe how the agents and patches and NetLogo environment would reflect the situation.
  4. After class, I want you to write up a one page (approximate) description of what you plan on modelling. Doing it after class will allow you to incorporate our feedback and what you learn from watching the descriptions of the other models.
  5. As a way of equalizing your reading load for the next two weeks, you should read the following this week. We will not be discussing any of this in our next class; the discussion will be held the following week.
    1. "Seeing around corners," by Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic Online, April 2002.
    2. Chapter 1 of Growing Artificial Societies, by Joshua M. Epstein and Robert Axtell, 1996. [Next week you'll read Chapters 2-4 (though Andrea might also want to read Chapter 5, depending) and Chapter 6.]

Netlogo Community Models

Sign up for one of these.

Model Students
Model Market Andrea
Pentapalli student
Innovation Suresh
Quantum Financial Market Mins
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