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Documenting Social Simulation Models: The ODD Protocol as a Standard

  • Volker GrimmEmail author
  • Gary Polhill
  • Julia Touza
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Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Why Read This Chapter?

To learn about the importance of documenting your simulation model and discover a lightweight and appropriate framework to guide you in doing this.

Abstract

The clear documentation of simulations is important for their communication, replication, and comprehension. It is thus helpful for such documentation to follow minimum standards. The “Overview, Design concepts and Details” document protocol (ODD) is specifically designed to guide the description of individual- and agent-based simulation models (ABMs) in journal articles. Popular among ecologists, it is also increasingly used in the social simulation community. Here, we describe the protocol and give an annotated example of its use, with a view to facilitating its wider adoption and encouraging higher standards in simulation description.

Keywords

Design Concept Inference Engine Relative Agreement Opinion Interaction Social Simulation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Bruce Edmonds for inviting us to contribute this chapter, and for his helpful comments and suggested amendments to earlier drafts. Gary Polhill’s contribution was funded by the Scottish Government.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecological ModellingUFZ, Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.The James Hutton InstituteAberdeenUK
  3. 3.Applied Economics DepartmentUniversity of VigoVigoSpain

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