Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TravellerSim: ABM for Growing Settlement Structures and Territories

I just come across another interesting NetLogo model while browsing through the interesting Electric Archaeology: Digital Media for Learning and Research blog written by Shawn Graham. Shawn along with James Steiner (who has a great site called turtleZERO) have created a agent-based model called TravellerSim which explores growing settlement structures and territories.

To quote from the blog post:

"Agent-based modeling presents the opportunity to study phenomena such as the emergence of territories from the perspective of individuals. We present a tool for growing networks of socially-connected settlement structures from distribution map data, using an agent-based model authored in the Netlogo programming language, version 3.1.2. The networks may then be analyzed using social-networks analyzes tools to identify individual sites important on various network-analytic grounds, and at another level, territories of similarly connected settlements. We present two case studies to assess the validity of the tool: Geometric Greece and Protohistoric Central Italy."

The full reference of the model is:

Graham, S. and J. Steiner (2008) “Travellersim: Growing Settlement Structures and Territories with Agent-Based Modelling” in Jeffrey T. Clark and Emily M. Hagemeister (eds) Digital Discovery: Exploring New Frontiers in Human Heritage. CAA 2006. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 34th Conference, Fargo, United States, April 2006. Budapest: Archaeolingua.

The NetLogo model can be found here and the blog post here. Furthermore, Shawn has a number of other agent-based models which might be of interest. These can be found here.

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