Developing Agent-Based Models

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:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Developing Agent-Based Models

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Building upon the preliminary materials introduced and the skills developed in previous chapters, we now focus on a few models developed for social-work-related research. Two models are presented. The first, involving travel training for persons with an intellectual disability, shows the results of learning to use public transportation and how that increases the persons' ability to move about their community. The second is a model of housing patterns for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which demonstrates how the housing pattern becomes randomly distributed as people with disabilities moved from highly segregated institutional patterns to more inclusive community-based housing. Those planning on developing agent-based models are encouraged to review these materials and copy the code into the NetLogo procedures interface to gain an understanding of how the models operate.

Keywords: cellular automata; verification; validation; interpreting ABMs; disseminating ABMs

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