Agents and New Directions

  • Theodore T. Allen


In this chapter, computer simulation approaches in addition to discrete event simulation are described. The focus is primarily on agent-based modeling which is defined as the activity of simulating system-wide properties as they derive from the actions and interactions of autonomous entities. This contrasts with system dynamics and other differential equation-based modeling including finite element methods (FEM). In FEMs, e.g., there are relatively few entities and the interplay of physical or cognitive forces dominates.


Emergent Property Discrete Event Simulation Stochastic Finite Element Method Emergent System Response Vote Machine 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State University Industrial and Systems EngineeringColumbusOHUSA

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