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Title: From KISS to KIDS – an ‘anti-simplistic’ modeling approach
Authors: Edmonds, Bruce
Moss, Scott
Publisher: Manchester Metropolitan University
Issue Date: Sep-2005
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2173/13039
Additional Links: http://www.ribm.mmu.ac.uk/wps/papers.php
Abstract: A new approach is suggested under the slogan “Keep it Descriptive Stupid” (KIDS) that encapsulates a trend in increasingly descriptive agent-based social simulation. The KIDS approach entails one starts with the simulation model that relates to the target phenomena in the most straight-forward way possible, taking into account the widest possible range of evidence, including anecdotal accounts and expert opinion. Simplification is only applied if and when the model and evidence justify this. This contrasts sharply with the KISS approach where one starts with the simplest possible model and only moves to a more complex one if forced to. An example multi-agent simulation of domestic water demand and social influence is described.
Type: Working Paper
Language: en
Series/Report no.: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School Working Paper Series
05-07
ISSN: 1478-8209
Appears in Collections: MMUBS Working Paper Series

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