Implementing an agent-based model with a spatial visual display in discrete-event simulation software

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Abstract

There has been an increasing interest in the use of agent-based simulation and some discussion of the relative merits of this approach as compared to discrete-event simulation. There are differing views on whether an agent-based simulation offers capabilities that discrete-event cannot provide or whether all agent-based applications can at least in theory be undertaken using a discrete-event approach. This paper presents a simple agent-based NetLogo model and corresponding discrete-event versions implemented in the widely used ARENA software. The two versions of the discrete-event model presented use a traditional process flow approach normally adopted in discrete-event simulation software and also an agent-based approach to the model build. In addition a real-time spatial visual display facility is provided using a spreadsheet platform controlled by VBA code embedded within the ARENA model. Initial findings from this investigation are that discrete-event simulation can indeed be used to implement agent-based models and with suitable integration elements such as VBA provide the spatial displays associated with agent-based software.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIMULTECH 2015 : 5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, Proceedings
EditorsMohammad S. Obaidat, Janusz Kacprzyk, Tuncer Ören
PublisherSciTePress
Pages125-129
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-989-758-120-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Colmar, Alsace, France
Duration: 21 Jul 201523 Jul 2015

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications
Abbreviated titleSIMULTECH 2015
CountryFrance
CityColmar, Alsace
Period21/07/1523/07/15

Keywords

  • Agent-based
  • Discrete-event
  • Spatial

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    Greasley, A., & Owen, C. (2015). Implementing an agent-based model with a spatial visual display in discrete-event simulation software. In M. S. Obaidat, J. Kacprzyk, & T. Ören (Eds.), SIMULTECH 2015 : 5th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, Proceedings (pp. 125-129). SciTePress.