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Agent-based models in practice

In this step we show some agent-based models.
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As we said there are a lot of examples of applications of agent-based models. Some models are used to understand a basic mechanism of social behaviour, others are used to predict social behaviour and sometimes also to help design social policies that prevent or solve problems.

Below, you can find two videos that show different applications of agent-based models.

In the first one, you will see how a model is created and how scientists gather data that can help shape the model

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

In the second one you can see how agent-based models can help design the strategies of evacuation

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Who are the agents in these simulations? In what ways are those simulations similar to the Cherryville protest and in what ways are they different?

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