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Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling: With applications to social, ecological and social-ecological systems

This textbook provides a practical introduction to agent-based modeling using NetLogo based on 15 years of teaching this methodology to students in the life and social sciences. Agent-based modeling is increasingly used by social and life scientists in their research and teaching. Agent-based modeling is discussed in this book as a research tool in tandem with other methodologies, as such attention is given to modeling as a scientific method.

The book first describes basic concepts and introduces you to NetLogo. Then gets you more familiar with modeling and NetLogo by exploring several classic agent-based models. Further, we discuss methods to analyze models using sensitivity analysis and calibration. We close with a series of chapters on ecosystem management, and diffusion of viruses and gossip in networks.

The book will be available in December 2019 as an e-Pub and will be updated regularly with new and updated chapters. Each chapter uses practical examples with NetLogo models, and those models are part of the standard NetLogo software or are available in the Computational Model Library of Comses.net.

About the author

Marco A. Janssen is a professor in the School of Sustainability and director for the  Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment (CBIE). Dr. Janssen received a master degree in Operations Research (1992) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics (1996) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Janssen has applied computational modeling to study social, ecological, and social-ecological systems at local, regional, and global scales. Dr. Janssen has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Global Environmental Change, Ecology & Society, Ecological Economics, Current Anthropology and the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

Currently, Dr. Janssen is co-Editor in Chief of Ecology & Society and President of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. He also co-directs the Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences.