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The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis

Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies

Concepts, Methods, and Applications

Editors: Grow, André, Van Bavel, Jan (Eds.)

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  • Examines the use of agent-based modelling (ABM) in population studies, from concepts to applications, best practices to future developments
  • Provides a solid point of reference for those wanting to use ABM in population research
  • Features the work of leading experts who share their unique insights into their experience with ABM
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About this book

This book examines the use of agent-based modelling (ABM) in population studies, from concepts to applications, best practices to future developments. It features papers written by leading experts in the field that will help readers to better understand the usefulness of ABM for population projections, how ABM can be injected with empirical data to achieve a better match between model and reality, how geographic information can be fruitfully used in ABM, and how ABM results can be reported effectively and correctly.

Coverage ranges from detailing the relation between ABM and existing paradigms in population studies to infusing agent-based models with empirical data. The papers show the benefits that ABM offers the field, including enhanced theory formation by better linking the micro level with the macro level, the ability to represent populations more adequately as complex systems, and the possibility to study rare events and the implications of alternative mechanisms in artificial laboratories.

In addition, readers will discover guidelines and best practices with detailed examples of how to apply agent-based models in different areas of population research, including human mating behaviour, migration, and socio-structural determinants of health behaviours.

Earlier versions of the papers in this book have been presented at the workshop “Recent Developments and Future Directions in Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies,” which took place at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, in September 2014. The book will contribute to the development of best practices in the field and will provide a solid point of reference for scholars who want to start using agent-based modelling in their own research.

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“The editors did a good job in compiling and structuring this impressive collection. The volume exhibits a good balance between papers that tackle general aspects of agent-based modelling and very specific papers that exemplify the power of ABMs. I am sure this book will become an important milestone along the road of advancement of ABMs in population studies.” (Thomas Fent, European Journal of Population, Vol. 33, 2017)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introduction: Agent-Based Modelling as a Tool to Advance Evolutionary Population Theory

    Pages 3-27

    Van Bavel, Jan (et al.)

  • Model-Based Demography: Towards a Research Agenda

    Pages 29-51

    Courgeau, Daniel (et al.)

  • The Role of Social Interactions in Demography: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach

    Pages 53-72

    Prskawetz, Alexia

  • Agent-Based Computational Demography and Microsimulation Using JAS-mine

    Pages 75-112

    Richiardi, Matteo (et al.)

  • Simulating Synthetic Life Courses of Individuals and Couples, and Mate Matching

    Pages 113-157

    Zinn, Sabine

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32281-0
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81242-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies
Book Subtitle
Concepts, Methods, and Applications
Editors
  • André Grow
  • Jan Van Bavel
Series Title
The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32283-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32283-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32281-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81242-7
Series ISSN
1389-6784
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 513
Number of Illustrations
72 b/w illustrations, 62 illustrations in colour
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