Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-094


Emergent Societal Effects of Crimino-Social Forces in an Animat Agent Model

C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick

Archived June 2009


Societal behaviour can be studied at a causal level by perturbing a stable multi-agent model with new microscopic behaviours and observing the statistical response over an ensemble of simulated model systems. We report on the effects of introducing criminal and law-enforcing behaviours into a large scale animat agent model and describe the complex spatial agent patterns and population changes that result. Our well-established predator-prey substrate model provides a background framework against which these new microscopic behaviours can be trialled and investigated. We describe some quantitative results and some surprising conclusions concerning the overall societal health when individually anti-social behaviour is introduced.

Keywords: animat agent; societal impact; social behaviour; emergence; complexity; adaptive system.

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  author = {C. J. Scogings and K. A. Hawick},
  title = {Emergent Societal Effects of Crimino-Social Forces in anvAnimat Agent
  booktitle = {Proc. 4th Australiasian Conference on Artificial Life (ACAL'09)},
  year = {2009},
  number = {5865},
  series = {LNAI},
  pages = {191-200},
  address = {Melbourne, Australia.},
  month = {1-4 December},
  publisher = {Springer},
  note = {ISBN 978-3-642-10426-8},
  timestamp = {2009.09.06}

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