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Spatial agent-based modelling

Lake, M; (2020) Spatial agent-based modelling. In: Gillings, M and Hacıgüzeller, P and Lock, G, (eds.) Archaeological spatial analysis. (pp. 247-272). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Archaeologists were among some of the earliest users of agent-based modelling, but recent years have undoubtedly seen a surge of interest in the use of this technique to infer past behaviour or help develop new theories and methods. Although ABM software is much easier to use than it was even 20 years ago and sufficiently powerful computers are more readily available, the success of a modelling project is still largely determined by decisions made about the purpose and design of the model, and the subsequent experimental regime. This chapter guides the reader through those key issues. It covers epistemological topics such as the role of the model in a wider project, the trade-off between realism and generality, the idea of generative modelling and the importance of adequate experimentation. It also discusses technical issues such as options for the integration of ABM and GIS, and even the dangers inherent in poor design decisions about the scheduling of agent behaviour.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Spatial agent-based modelling
ISBN-13: 9780815373230
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781351243858
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351243858
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104105
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