Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsIn this talk, I will explain what Agent Based Modelling is as a method, and I will show how it can be used to study emergent phenomena. And later on, I will introduce you in the modelling of human behaviour. How can we model humans as computer models? Let's first reflect on the ants of Edward Wilson. You know the movie of the ants on the sheet of paper, right? Suppose you think you'd study pheromones that's are critical, but perhaps the ants have a tendency of following the pencil, or you have another explanation. Suppose you want to test this very precisely, if this communication through pheromones by itself can be used by ants to optimise finding food.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsNow here we can make a computer simulation of a population of ants to test that. Actually, in 1989, Goss, Aron, Deneubourg, and Pasteels did something like that. And I would like to guide you in the next step trough this simulation models.

Introducing agent based modeling

This video introduces the method of Agent Based Modeling. Last week we introduced Emergence. Agent Based Modeling partly elaborates on this topic. Agent Based Modeling can be used to model emergent behaviour. The next couple of videos will explain what this method of modeling is, what it can be used for and if we can even use this technique to model human behaviour.

Later in this week’s course material there will be an extra activity where you can interact with some agent based models. This will not be a compulsory activity!

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Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

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