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The Roots of ABMS

Michael J. North and Charles M. Macal

in Managing Business Complexity

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780195172119
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172119.003.0004
 The Roots of ABMS

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This chapter presents the history of agent-based modeling and simulation (ABMS) including John Conway's “Game of Life”, Thomas Schelling's housing segregation model, and John Holland's seven features of complex adaptive systems. It also discusses how ABMS is related to important neighboring fields of knowledge and technology such as multi-agent systems, management science, operations research, and network science.

Keywords: John Conway; Game of Life; Thomas Schelling; John Holland; history; multi-agent systems; management science; operations research; network science

Chapter.  6837 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business Strategy

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