Towards a Conceptual Synthesis of Dynamic and Geospatial Models: Fusing the Agent-Based and Object-Field Models
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol. 38, No.1, pp. 95–114, 2011
23 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2009 Last revised: 1 Mar 2011
Date Written: June 12, 2009
The fusion of agent-based and geospatial models represents an exciting new synthesis for social science and economics. It has the potential to improve the theory and the practice of modelling complex real-world phenomena. Yet, to date, there has been little systematic analysis at the conceptual and logical levels of how to fuse agent-based and geospatial models for the representation and reasoning of socioeconomic phenomena. Here both sets of issues are explored. In particular, it will be argued that the development of synthetic models requires autonomous agents and flexible organisational structures that can complete their objectives while situated in a dynamic and uncertain geoenvironment represented by the concept of Elementary_geoParticle. As an example of the concept, I present a preliminary conceptual model of global energy to demonstrate the validity and possible uses of the proposed technique.
Keywords: synthetic models, agent-based models, geospatial representation, dynamic models, field-based model, object-based model, Object-Field model
JEL Classification: B40, C61
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