The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 160


1 November 2010

Using Geo-spatial Agent-Based Models for Studying Cities

The agent-based modelling (ABM) paradigm provides a mechanism for understanding the effects of interactions of individuals and through such interactions emergent structures develop, both in the social and physical environment of cities. This paper explores how through the use of ABM, and its linkage with complexity theory, allows one to create agent-based models for the studying cities from the bottom-up.

Specifically the paper focuses on segregation and land-use change. Furthermore, it will highlight the growing interest between geographical information systems (GIS) and ABM. This linkage is allowing modellers to create spatially explicit agent-based models, thus relating agents to actual geographical places. This approach allows one to explore the link between socio-economic geography of the city and its built physical form, and can support decision-making regarding interventions within the social and physical environment.

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 446KB.

Authors: Andrew Crooks

Publication Date: 1/11/2010

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