Book Review: Advanced Geosimulation Models, D. Marceau, and I. Benenson (Eds.). Bentham Books
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In this book, Marceau and Benenson are extending the original concept coined by Benenson and Torrens (2004) in the book “Geosimulation”. There, as Batty points out in the foreword, geosimulation was defined having a focus on systems “whose structure and function are dominated by geographical or spatial representation and processes” (Batty 2012, p. i). This notion is extended in the new book with a focus on “elemental objects” that “embody explicit behaviours that needs to be simulated”; by this of course, they are referring to agent-based modelling (ABM) and cellular automata (CA), models that “constitute the heartland of Geosimulation” (Batty 2012).
Marceau and Beneson in the opening of the book set out what they see as the main challenges in geosimulation: spatial representation, model validation, visualisation and dynamics. Through this focus on ABM and CA, the book aims to examine these challenges.
While scholars have focused a great deal of attention on ABM in the past decade, the...