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Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling

Michael Wolf-Branigin

in Using Complexity Theory for Research and Program Evaluation

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199829460
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829460.003.0006

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling

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Agent-based modeling (ABM) provides a viable approach for investigating complex phenomena. ABM computationally simulates the interactions of autonomous agents in order to assess their effect on whole systems and aids in visualizing that clients self-organize at the grassroots level. ABMs create a "social reality" generated from several inputs. This chapter provides the reader with essential background on developing an agent-based model, and instructions for downloading and installing the freely distributed NetLogo software. This supplementary material includes using the tab features to write, debug, and run code. Although more advanced software is available, NetLogo has the advantage of being user-friendly. Computational models are computer programs that we develop.

Keywords: NetLogo; basic commands; agent-based modeling; ABM; computer simulation

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