2011 volume 38(1) pages 95 – 114
doi:10.1068/b36001

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Voudouris V, 2011, "Towards a conceptual synthesis of dynamic and geospatial models: fusing the agent-based and Object – Field models" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 38(1) 95 – 114

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Towards a conceptual synthesis of dynamic and geospatial models: fusing the agent-based and Object – Field models

Vlasios Voudouris

Received 16 January 2009; in revised form 16 February 2010; published online 18 August 2010

Abstract. The fusion of agent-based and geospatial models represents an exciting new synthesis for social science and economics. It has the potential to improve the theory and the practice of modelling complex real-world phenomena. Yet, to date, there has been little systematic analysis at the conceptual and logical levels of how to fuse agent-based and geospatial models for the representation and reasoning of socioeconomic phenomena. Here both sets of issues are explored. In particular, it will be argued that the development of synthetic models requires autonomous agents and flexible organisational structures that can complete their objectives while situated in a dynamic and uncertain geoenvironment represented by the concept of Elementary_geoParticle. As an example of the concept, I present a preliminary conceptual model of global energy to demonstrate the validity and possible uses of the proposed technique.

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