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Errors and artefacts in agent-based modelling

Galán, José Manuel and Izquierdo, Luis R. and Izquierdo, Segismundo S. and Santos, José Ignacio and del Olmo, Ricardo and López-Paredes, Adolfo and Edmonds, Bruce (2009) Errors and artefacts in agent-based modelling. ISSN 1460-7425

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The objectives of this paper are to define and classify different types of errors and artefacts that can appear in the process of developing an agent-based model, and to propose activities aimed at avoiding them during the model construction and testing phases. To do this in a structured way, we review the main concepts of the process of developing such a model – establishing a general framework that summarises the process of designing, implementing, and using agent-based models. Within this framework we identify the various stages where different types of errors and artefacts may appear. Finally we propose activities that could be used to detect (and hence eliminate) each type of error or artefact.

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