Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-041


Boundary Conditions and Locality in an Agent-Based Predator-Prey Model

C. J. Scogings, K. A. Hawick and H. A. James

Archived July 2007, Revised January 2008.


Agent-based simulation modeling provides important insights into emergent behaviours in complex systems. We report on the effects of introducing boundary conditions into a sophisticated predator-prey model in which animal agents or ``animats'' usually exist in an unbounded plain. We find that, due to the localisation of the animats, the introduction of the boundary conditions has no noticeable effect on emergent behaviour. We provide a summary of the factors that have created this highly localised simulation behaviour.

Keywords: agent model; animat simulation; boundary conditions; spatial emergence.

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  author = {C.J. Scogings and K.A. Hawick and H.A. James},
  title = {Boundary Conditions and Locality in an Agent-Based Predator-Prey
  booktitle = {Proc. 17th IASTED Int. Conf on Applied Simulation and Modelling},
  year = {2008},
  number = {609-016},
  pages = {1-6},
  address = {Corfu, Greece},
  month = {23-25 June},
  publisher = {IASTED},
  institution = {Massey University},
  timestamp = {2008.01.14}

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