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The sampling bias in multi-agent simulation models

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  • Buysse, Jeroen
  • Frija, Aymen
  • Van der Straeten, Bart
  • Nolte, Stephan
  • Lauwers, Ludwig H.
  • Claeys, Dakerlia
  • Van Huylenbroeck, Guido

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For practical considerations, it is in some case impossible to simulate MAS models at population level. The current paper shows that MAS models applied to samples with heterogeneous costs of interactions between agents have biased results. Heterogeneous costs of interactions in MAS models can come from the spatial dimension in MAS models or from fixed costs per interaction. The paper presents two correction procedures to remove the sampling bias and to increase the reliability of the outcome. The correction procedures can be very promising for future applications of MAS models because it becomes possible to deploy more complex models without bias on more detailed datasets that are only available at sample level, which will be the case for country- or EU-wide MAS applications.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 122nd Seminar, February 17-18, 2011, Ancona, Italy with number 99599.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa122:99599

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Keywords: MAS; bias; correction; resampling; Agricultural and Food Policy; Q12; Q18; Q51; Q52;

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  1. Mohring, Anke & Zimmermann, Albert & Mack, Gabriele & Mann, Stefan & Ferjani, Ali & Gennaio, Maria-Pia, 2010. "Modelling structural change in the agricultural sector – An Agent-based approach using FADN data from individual farms," 114th Seminar, April 15-16, 2010, Berlin, Germany 61094, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. der Straeten, Bart Van & Buysse, Jeroen & Nolte, Stephan & Lauwers, Ludwig & Claeys, Dakerlia & Van Huylenbroeck, Guido, 2011. "Markets of concentration permits: The case of manure policy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(11), pages 2098-2104, September.
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  1. Anke Möhring & Gabriele Mack & Albert Zimmermann & Maria Pia Gennaio & Stefan Mann & Ali Ferjani, 2011. "Modellierung von Hofübernahmeund Hofaufgabeentscheidungen in agentenbasierten Modellen," Yearbook of Socioeconomics in Agriculture, Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, vol. 4(1), pages 163-188.

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