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The Use and Limits of Agent-Based Modelling

Posted by on Oct 31st, 2011 in ABM, Complexity-Forum | 5 comments

by Paul Ormerod In this first Complexity Forum post, we’re looking at Agent-Based Modelling. ¬†Thoughts, questions, issues from the “Complexity Community” are very welcome. There is nothing mystical or magical about Agent Based Models, they are simply computer algorithms. An important question is: in what sense can an ABM, or indeed any algorithm, discover things which humans previously did not know? A simple example is the game of chess, where computers (using algorithms) now play at a level where even the strongest human...

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