Programmatic detection of spatial behaviour in an agent-based model

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Informaton Technology in Industry, 2014, 2 (2), pp. 38 - 43
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The automated detection of aspects of spatial behaviourin an agent-based model is necessary for model testingand analysis. In this paper we compare four predictors of herdingbehaviour in a model of a grazing herbivore. We find that a) the mean number of neighbours adjustedto account for population variation and b) the mean Hammingdistance between rows of the two-dimensional environment can beused to detect herding. Visual inspection of the model behaviourrevealed that herding occurs when the herbivore mobility reachesa threshold level. Using this threshold we identify a limits forthese predictors to use in the program code. These results apply only to one set of parameters and environmentsize; future research will involve a wider parameterspace.
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