Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-047


Global Constraints and Diffusion in a Localised Animat Agent Model

C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick

Archived December 2007


Spatial agent models have been shown to have uses in many application areas. Localised animats with microscopically detailed rules can give rise to complex emergent patterns on a global spatial scale. In this paper we investigate the interplay between a global control parameter such as availability of prey's food and the populations and growth patterns of both predators and prey. We show that diffusive behaviour governs the microscopic animat exploration of territory and that this can be controlled by imposing simple spatial patterns such as areas of food abundance on the individual animats.

Keywords: agent-based modelling, artificial life

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  author = {C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick},
  title = {Global Constraints and Diffusion in a Localised Animat Agent Model},
  booktitle = {Proc. IASTED Int. Conf. on Applied Simulation and Modelling},
  year = {2008},
  pages = {14-19},
  address = {Corfu, Greece},
  month = {23-25 June},
  publisher = {IASTED},
  institution = {Computer Science, Massey University},
  timestamp = {2008.03.10}

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