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Managing business complexity: discovering strategic solutions with agent-based modeling and simulation

Author: North, Michael J. ; Macal, Charles M.Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP) 2007.Language: EnglishDescription: 313 p. : Graphs/Ill. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0195172116Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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Contents Managing Business Complexity Managing Business Complexity Chapter 1: The Challenge, 3 Why This Book?, 3 The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Agents, 3 Why Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation Is Needed Now, 4 The Foundation of ABMS, 5 Why ABMS [s Useful, Usable, and Used, 6 How ABMS Works: An Overview, 8 Incremental Discovery, Design, and Development, 8 How This Rook Is Organized, 8 Case Studies, 9 Note, 9 References, 9 The Cycle of Innovation, 14 Other Angles 011 Nondeterminism, 16 Choosing Behaviors to Model, 17 The Spectrum of Model Uses, 18 Discovering That the Whole Is Greater Than the Parts, 22 Summary, 22 Note, 23 References, 23 Chapter 3: Agents Up Close, 24 Agents: An Overview, 24 Agent Attributes, 24 Agent Behaviors, 27 Simple Agents or Proto-Agents, 27 Conlplex Agents, 31 Chapter 2: The ABMS Paradigm, 11 Parts Make the Whole, 11 The Two Fundamental Types of Models, 11 Nondeterminism, 13 A Market Example, 41 Discover, Design, and Develop, 43 Notes, 43 References, 43 x CONTENTS Chapter 4: The Roots of ABMS, 45 ABMS in Context, 45 Historical Roots, 45 Complexity Science, 46 The Diffusion of ABMS, 5 5 Plectics Redux, 56 References, 56 Chapter 7: Office ABMS, 116 In the Office, 116 Progressive Development, 116 Prototyping, 1 16 ABMS Environments, 117 The Four Model Growth Paths, 117 Leveraging Change, 1 18 Returning to the Questions, 121 Office ABMS Architectures, 122 The Office ABMS Continuum, 123 Examples, 126 Back at the Office, 128 Notes, 128 References, 128 Chapter 5: The Role of ABMS, 59 The Big Picture of Modeling and Simulation for Business Applications, 60 A Supply Chain Example, 63 A Survey of Modeling Approaches, 66 When to Use Agents?, 93 Blended Modeling Approaches, 93 Summary, 94 Note, 95 References, 95 Chapter 8: How to Do Desktop ABMS, 130 ABMS on the Desktop, 130 Agent Spreadsheets, 130 Dedicated ABMS Prototyping Environments, 161 Chapter 6: Discovering Agents and Agent Behaviors, 97 Agents Are What They Do, 97 Social Agents, 97 Examples of Behavioral Theories, 97 Agent Diversity, 101 Other Agents, 101 Multi-Agent Systems, 1 0 1 Artificial Intelligence, 102 Discovering Agents, 102 Discovering Agent Behaviors, 102 A Market Example, 171 Summary, 182 Notes, 182 References, 182 Chapter 9: How to Do Participatory ABMS, 183 Live and In Person!, 183 The Start of It All, 183 Strengths and Weaknesses, 184 Developing Strong Minds, 186 Turning Over Rocks, 187 Details, Details, Details, 187 A Market Example, I 12 Acting Up, 114 References, 114 CONTENTS xi A Market Example, 190 Summary, 194 Note, 194 References, 194 A Recipe for Success, 248 Dinner Is Served, 253 A Market Example, 258 Summary, 259 References, 260 Chapter 10: How to Do Large-Scale ABMS, 195 From Desktops on Up, 195 Features Galore!, 195 Current Toolkits, 206 The Large-Scale Modeling Life Cycle, 209 Designing Large-Scale Models for Use, 2 10 Agent Patterns and Antipatterns, 2 1 5 Examples, 2 1 7 Summary, 219 Notes, 219 References, 2 19 Chapter 13: Understanding and Presenting ABMS Results, 261 Analyzing ABMS Results, 261 Presenting ABMS Results, 278 Seven Steps, 282 Notes, 282 References, 282 Chapter 14: ABMS Project Management, 283 The ABMS Business Function, 283 The Fundamentals, 283 Project Coals, 284 Stopping Mission Creep, 284 Champions, 285 The Domain Skills Pyramid, 285 ABMS Project Structures, 286 The ABMS Business Process, 292 Growing Up, 296 References, 297 Chapter 11: ABMS Verification and Validation, 221 VandV Overview, 22 1 Verification, 222 Validation, 226 Related Aspects of VandV, 23 1 Summary, 233 References, 233 Chapter 12: A Visual Approach to Data Collection and Cleaning, 235 Tasty Morsels, 235 The Fact Food Pyramid, 235 Chapter 15: Rising to the Challenge, 298 The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Agents, 298 Useful, Usable, and Used, 299 A Model Diet, 239 Marshmallows and Campfire Stories, 239 Cooking Times Vary, 240 Data Quality, 241 Index, 303

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