Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction, Second Edition (Paperback)
  • Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction, Second Edition (Paperback)

Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction, Second Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 05/04/2019
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The essential textbook on agent-based modeling-now fully updated and expanded

Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling has become the standard textbook on the subject for classroom use and self-instruction. Drawing on the latest version of NetLogo and fully updated with new examples, exercises, and an enhanced text for easier comprehension, this is the essential resource for anyone seeking to understand how the dynamics of biological, social, and other complex systems arise from the characteristics of the agents that make up these systems.

Steven Railsback and Volker Grimm lead students stepwise through the processes of designing, programming, documenting, and doing scientific research with agent-based models, focusing on the adaptive behaviors that make these models necessary. They cover the fundamentals of modeling and model analysis, introduce key modeling concepts, and demonstrate how to implement them using NetLogo. They also address pattern-oriented modeling, an invaluable strategy for modeling real-world problems and developing theory.

This accessible and authoritative book focuses on modeling as a tool for understanding real complex systems. It explains how to pose a specific question, use observations from actual systems to design models, write and test software, and more.

A hands-on introduction that guides students from conceptual design to computer implementation to analysis
Filled with new examples and exercises and compatible with the latest version of NetLogo
Ideal for students and researchers across the natural and social sciences
Written by two leading practitioners
Supported by extensive instructional materials at

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691190839
Number of pages: 360
Dimensions: 254 x 203 mm


Praise for the first edition

"Biologists . . . have been relatively slow to take advantage of enhanced computing power and unlock the potential of these techniques. This book removes any excuse."-Frontiers of Biogeography

"This volume would be an excellent text for an introductory course in modeling as science, or for self-study by a mature researcher interested in learning about this important new way of doing science."-H. Van Dyke Parunak, JASSS

"This book represents something I have been [awaiting] for some years now: a good and solid introduction to the field of individual- and agent-based models. . . . The book is not only a practical guide but also serves as a good introduction to the basics of 'healthy' programming. These authors are the right ones to do this as they have a strong background in the philosophical aspects as well as the practical issues of modelling."-Basic and Applied Ecology

"Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling has the potential to foster an appreciation of the value and place of individual-based models in our field in the next generation of emerging ecologists."-Christopher X. Jon Jensen, Ecology

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