Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Basic Immune Simulator

Just a quick note on a Repast model we recently found called the Basic Immune Simulator developed by Charles Orosz, Virginia Folcik and Christina Sasswas utilizing RepastJ. The model was developed to explore the behaviour of the immune system as a complex system.

The site provide the source code of the model and instructions to run the model. Which addresses some of the key issues with regard to sharing information with the social sciences which Axelrod (2007) recommends.

Further information and model code can be seen at the Basic Immune Simulator website and an article

Folcik, V.A., An, G.C. and Orosz, C.G.(2007) The Basic Immune Simulator: An agent-based model to study the interactions between innate and adaptive immunity. Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling, 4:39.

Axelrod (2007) ‘Simulation in the social sciences’ inRennard, J.-P. (ed), Handbook of Research on Nature-Inspired Computing for Economics and Management, Idea Group Reference, Hershey, PA.

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