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A Simulation Framework for Heterogeneous Agents

Meyer, David and Buchta, Christian and Karatzoglou, Alexandros and Leisch, Friedrich and Hornik, Kurt (2002) A Simulation Framework for Heterogeneous Agents. Report Series SFB "Adaptive Information Systems and Modelling in Economics and Management Science", 74. SFB Adaptive Information Systems and Modelling in Economics and Management Science, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

We introduce a generic simulation framework suitable for agent-based simulations featuring the support of heterogeneous agents, hierarchical scheduling and flexible specification of design parameters. One key aspect of this framework is the design specification: we use an XML-based format which is simple-structured yet still enables the design of flexible models. Another issue in agent-based simulations, especially when ready-made components are used, is the heterogeneity arising from both the agents' implementations and the underlying platforms. To tackle these kind of obstacles, we introduce a wrapper technique for mapping the functionality of agents living in an interpreter-based environment to a standardized JAVA interface, thus facilitating the task for any control mechanism (like a simulation manager) because it has to handle only one set of commands for all agents involved. Again, this mapping is made by an XML-based definition format. We demonstrate the technique by applying it to a simple sample simulation of two mass marketing firms operating in an artificial consumer environment.

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: Simulation / Agent <Informatik> / Wirtschaftsmodell
Divisions: Departments > Finance, Accounting and Statistics > Statistics and Mathematics
Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft
Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Produktionsmanagement > Taudes
Departments > Marketing > Service Marketing und Tourismus
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2003 15:07
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 11:18
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/548

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