IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Economic Simulations in Swarm: Agent-Based Modelling and Object Oriented Programming - By Benedikt Stefansson and Francesco Luna: A Review and Some Comments about Agent Based Modeling

Listed author(s):
  • Pietro Terna

There are three different symbol systems available to social scientists: the familiar verbal argumentation and mathematics, but also a third way, computer simulation. Computer simulation, or computational modeling involves representing a model as a computer program. The key question is: What tools can we use in building our models, if we follow the third way ? Simulation will have to be written in some Esperanto: it is obvious that the current Babel is against the emergence of a renewed enthusiastic effort in economic theory. Swarm is a library of functions offering tools in the middle between basic programming (Fortran, C, C++, Java) and closed packages for dynamic simulation; it helps us to develop our own software, using a well-defined protocol and powerful tools to deal with agents' behavior, interaction and time sequences.So it can be considered an excellent candidate to play the role of simulation's Esperanto. Swarm will break the main barrier preventing a complete diffusion of these techniques, i.e. the necessity of being able to write code, to assemble it, to look for bugs etc. with a substantial advance in spreading the knowledge emerging from artificial experiments and simulation.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL: http://beagle.u-bordeaux4.fr/jemed/1013/1013.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Article provided by IFReDE - Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV in its journal The Electronic Journal of Evolutionary Modeling and Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): ()
Issue (Month): ()
Pages:

as
in new window

Handle: RePEc:jem:ejemed:1013
Contact details of provider: Web page: http://www.ifrede.org/

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:jem:ejemed:1013. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.