The Use of Models
CPM Report No.: 00-74
- making MABS actually work
By: Bruce Edmonds
Date: 21st Septmeber 2000
Published as: Edmonds, B. (2000) The Use of Models - making MABS more
informative. In Moss, S. and Davidson, P. (eds.) Multi Agent Based Simulation
2000, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 1979:15-32.
The use of MABS (Multi-Agent Based Simulations) is
analysed as the modelling of distributed (usually social) systems using
MAS as the model structure. It is argued that rarely is direct modelling
of target systems attempted but rather an abstraction of the target systems
is modelled and insights gained about the abstraction then applied back
to the target systems. The MABS modelling process is divided into six steps:
abstraction, design, inference, analysis, interpretation and application.
Some types of MABS papers are characterised in terms of the steps they
focus on and some criteria for good MABS formulated in terms of the soundness
with which the steps are established. Finally some practical proposals
that might improve the informativeness of the field are suggested.
Keywords: Multi-Agent Based Simulation, modelling,
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