Book Chapter

Introduction to Multi-Agent Simulation

Peer-Olaf Siebers, Uwe Aickelin

Encyclopaedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies | IGI Global | Published : 2008

Abstract

When designing systems that are complex, dynamic, and stochastic in nature, simulation is generally recognised as one of the best design support technologies, and a valuable aid in the strategic and tactical decision- making process. A simulation model consists of a set of rules that define how a system changes over time, given its current state. Unlike analytical models, a simulation model is not solved but is run and the changes of system states can be observed at any point in time. This provides an insight into system dynamics rather than just predicting the output of a system based on specific inputs. Simulation is not a decision making tool but a decision support tool, allowing better i..

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