Rural economy and land use simulation modelling

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Award: RES-224-25-0102
PI: Robin Matthews, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Dates: 31/08/2004 - 30/03/2005
Simulation modelling allows testing different hypotheses of how a system can be changed, without the time, expense and moral implications of altering a real system. They typically attempt to optimise resource use and maximise a particular output. However, many human decisions are not made on this basis. A new approach called agent-based modelling attempts to capture the actual processes of decision-making at the level of an individual or institution, and can take into account many of the constraints faced in real life such as limited information, communication between individuals, and interactions with the environment.
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