THE SYSTEMATIC COMPARISON OF AGENT-BASED POLICY MODELS– IT’S TIME WE GOT OUR ACT TOGETHER!
Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
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Bithell, M., & Edmonds, B. (2021). THE SYSTEMATIC COMPARISON OF AGENT-BASED POLICY MODELS– IT’S TIME WE GOT OUR ACT TOGETHER!. Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.77046
The recent Covid crisis has led to a surge of new model development and a renewed interest in the use of models as policy tools. While this is in some senses welcome, the sudden appearance of many new models presents a problem in terms of their assessment, the appropriateness of their application and reconciling any differences in outcome. Even if they appear similar, their underlying assumptions may differ, their initial data might not be the same, policy options may be applied in different ways, stochastic effects explored to a varying extent, and model outputs presented in any number of different forms. As a result, it can be unclear what aspects of variations in output between models are results of mechanistic, parameter or data differences. Any comparison between models is made tricky by differences in experimental design and selection of output measures.
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