The Use of Models - Making MABS More Informative

  • Bruce Edmonds
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1979)


The use of MABS (Multi-Agent Based Simulations) is analysed as the modelling of distributed (usually social) systems using MAS (Multi-Agent Systems) as the model structure. It is argued that rarely is direct modelling of target systems attempted but rather an abstraction of the target systems is modelled and insights gained about the abstraction then applied back to the target systems. The MABS modelling process is divided into six steps: abstraction, design, inference, analysis, interpretation and application. Some types of MABS papers are characterised in terms of the steps they focus on and some criteria for good MABS formulated in terms of the soundness with which the steps are established. Finally some practical proposals that might improve the informativeness of the field are suggested.


MultiAgent System Target System Simulation Design Downward Causation Modelling Enterprise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Edmonds
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  1. 1.Centre for Policy ModellingManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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