A spatial microsimulation model with student agents

Wu, B. M.; Birkin, M. H. and Rees, P. H. (2008). A spatial microsimulation model with student agents. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 32(6) pp. 440–453.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2008.09.013

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2008.09....


In this paper, we present a dynamic simulation model which projects the future population of the city of Leeds as a basis for policy analysis and scenario planning. We argue that microsimulation modelling is not entirely effective in the representation of student populations. Alternative approaches using both spatial interaction models and student agents are presented and evaluated. The results from the agent-based model are found to be particularly encouraging. We suggest that agent-based modelling and microsimulation are powerful as complementary technologies for individual-based modelling.

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