Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Agent-based modeling in ArcGIS

Anyone who is heavy user of ArcGIS and wants to explore how to create agent-based models within it should check out the new Agent-Analyst  book from ESRI. 

After skimming through the chapters it looks like a great resource for teachers or individuals wishing to create geographically explicit agent-based models. There are a number of step-by-step exercises which show you how one can use points, polygons and rasters to create agent-based models. Also there is a discussion on how to create agents with simple behaviors.

More information including the book, software and data can be downloaded from http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/agent-analyst/ 


Unknown said...

Hi there,
I tried to install the agent analyst into my arcgis environment, but fail every time I open it on the arc toolbox. I followed the exact step on the book about the installation, but when I open the toolbox (agent analyst) everything (arcmap) just closed down.
I use arcgis 10.1 instead 10 as they mentioned in the book.
I could not isolate the problem, I don't know if the problem comes from the repastpy or the arcgis.

did you have any issues install/using it? would highly appreciated it if you could share your knowledge on repastpy installation stages.


Andrew Crooks said...


I only installed agent analyst when it first came out, a number of years ago and it was relatively easy if you have the right version of ArcGIS and set all the other things up currently. But that said it was a number of years ago.

Antonio said...

Try this

Anonymous said...

Same as Agung

Unknown said...


I am working on Agent Analyst tool, I have to make a model for location suitability scenario, i am working on raster data as well as some vector data.
I am new user if this tool i am facing some problem that i want to discuss, so someone can assist me , if you contact me it would be very helfull for me.
it would be better if someone write me on my Email Id:
Looking forward for your reply

Best Regards
Ali Imran

Andrew Crooks said...

Hi Ali, I have posted your comment and hopefully someone reading the post can help. On a side note MASON and GeoMason can also do this but its a Java based environment.

Unknown said...

Hi everyone.
Thanks to Mr Crooks to build this blog.
I worked with Agent Analyst for Agent based geosimulation and implementation of land use change(LUCC)in ArcGIS 10.2 software.I used both raster and vector geodata.I'll be happy to help out someone in this matter However, as far as I know, and I want to use your experience and knowledge.
Here is my email address:

somaiyeh said...

Hi Guys
I need Agent-Analyst toolkit for my dissertation and I can not download it from http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/agent-analyst/.

does any one can help me ?


Andrew Crooks said...

Take a look at http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/agent-analyst/ which has a link to the EXE.