Agent-Based Models of Geographical Systems

Provides a complete reference guide for understanding how to apply ABM to geographical systems
Presents the latest ideas and applications using ABM
Addresses the issue of applying ABM in a spatial context. This unique book brings together a comprehensive set of papers on the background, theory, technical issues and applications of agent-based modelling (ABM) within geographical systems. This collection of papers is an invaluable reference point for the experienced agent-based modeller as well those new to the area.  Specific geographical issues such as handling scale and space are dealt with as well as practical advice from leading experts about designing and creating ABMs, handling complexity, visualising and validating model outputs.  With contributions from many of the world’s leading research institutions, the latest applied research (micro and macro applications) from around the globe exemplify what can be achieved in geographical context.

This book is relevant to researchers, postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, and professionals in the areas of quantitative geography, spatial analysis, spatial modelling, social simulation modelling and geographical information sciences.









Content Level » Research

Keywords » ABM – Agent tools techniques – Agent-Based Modelling – CHALMS – City size distributions – Computational methods models – Demographic change – Diffusion models – Education system agent based – Ex-urban residential land-use change – GIS – Geocomputational Techniques – Geographical Systems – Geography – Geosimulation – Geospatial simulation – Health inequalities – Housing choice – Land Use – Macro and microscopic simulation – Model scaling – Residential mobility – SIMPOP models – Social Sciences

Related subjects » GeographyPopulation StudiesTheoretical Computer Science


1: Mike Batty, Andrew Crooks, Linda See and Alison Heppenstall: Introduction.- Part 1: Computational Modelling: Techniques for Modelling Geographical Systems.- 2: Mike Batty: A Generic Framework for Computational Spatial Modelling.- 3: Mark Birkin and Linda Wu: A Review of Microsimulation and Hybrid Agent Based Approach.- 4: Sanna Iltanen: Cellular Automata in Urban Spatial Modelling.- 5: Andrew Crooks and Alison Heppenstall: Introduction to Agent-Based Modelling.- Part 2: Principles and Concepts of Agent-Based Modelling.- 6: David O’Sullivan et al: Agent-Based Models – Because they’re Worth it?.- 7: Steve Manson et al: Agent-Based Modelling and Complexity.- 8: Mohammad Addou et al: Designing and Building an Agent-Based Model.- 9: Bill Kennedy: Modelling Human Behaviour in Agent-Based Models.- 10: The An Ngo and Linda See: Calibration and Validation of Agent-Based Models of Land Cover Change.- 11: Shah Jamal Alam et al: Networks in Agent-Based Social Simulation.- Part 3: Methods, Techniques and Considerations when Creating Agent-Based Models (Technical Issues) 12: Andrew Crooks and Christina Castle: The Integration of Agent-Based Modelling and Geographical Information for Geospatial Simulation.- 13: Kiril Stanilov: Space in Agent-Based Models.- 14: Hazel Parry and Mike Bithell: Large Scale Agent-Based Modelling: A Review and Guidelines for Model Scaling.- 15: Andrew Evans: Uncertainty and Error.- 16: Belinda Wu and Mark Birkin: Agent-Based Extensions to a Spatial Microsimulation Model of Demographic Change.- 17: Volker Grimm and Steven Railsback: Designing, Formulating, and Communicating Agent-Based Models.- 18: Ateen Patel and Andrew Hudson Smith: Agent Tools Techniques and Methods for Macro and Microscopic Simulation.- Part 4: Applications of Agent-Based Modelling: Micro to Macro.- Micro: 19: Nicolas Malleson: Using Agent-Based Models to Simulate Crime.- 20: Paul Torrens: Urban Simulation.- 21: Anders Johansson and Tobias Kretz: Applied Pedestrian Modelling.- 22: William Rand: Business Applications and Research Questions using Spatial Agent-Based Models.- 23: Kirk Harland and Alison Heppenstall: Using Agent-Based Models for Education Planning. Is the UK Education System Agent Based?.- 24: Dianna Smith: Simulating Spatial Health Inequalities.- 25: Rene Jordan et al: ABM of Residential Mobility, Housing Choice and Regeneration.- 26: D.C.Parker et al: Do Land Markets Matter? A Modelling Ontology and Experimental Design to Test the Effects of Land Markets for an Agent-Based Model of Ex-urban Residential Land-Use Change.- 27: Nicholas R. Magliocca: Exploring Coupled Housing and Land Market Interactions Through an Economic Agent-Based Model (CHALMS).- Macro: 28: Joana Barros: Exploring Urban Dynamics in Latin American Cities using an Agent-Based Simulation Approach.- 29: Joana Simoes: An Agent-Based/Network Approach to Spatial Epidemics.- 30: The An Ngo et al: An Agent-Based Modelling Application of Shifting Cultivation.- 31: Arnaud Banos and Cyrille Genre-Grandpierre: Towards New Metrics for Urban Road Networks. Some Preliminary Evidence from Agent-Based Simulations.- 32: Yan Liu and Yong Jiu Feng: A Logistic Based Cellular Automata Model for Continuous Urban Growth Simulation: A Case Study of the Gold Coast City, Australia.- 33: Ray Cabrera et al: Exploring Demographic and Lot Effects in an ABM/LUCC of Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon.- 34: Tom Gulden and Ross A Hammond: Beyond Zipf: An Agent Based Understanding of City Size Distributions.- 35: Joel Dearden and Alan Wilson: The Relationship of Dynamic Entropy Maximising and Agent Based Approaches in Urban Modelling.- 36: Denise Pumain: Multi-Agent System Modelling for Urban Systems: The Series of SIMPOP Models.- 37 Mike Batty, Andrew Crooks, Linda See and Alison Heppenstall: Perspectives on Agent-Based Models and Geographical Systems