Boundary Conditions and Locality in an Agent-based Predator-Prey Model

C.J. Scogings, K.A. Hawick (New Zealand), and H.A. James (Australia)


agent model; animat simulation; boundary conditions; spatial emergence.


Agent-based simulation modeling provides important in sights into emergent behaviours in complex systems. We report on the effects of introducing boundary conditions into a sophisticated predator-prey model in which animal agents or “animats” usually exist in an unbounded plain. We find that, due to the localisation of the animats, the in troduction of the boundary conditions has no noticeable ef fect on emergent behaviour. We provide a summary of the factors that have created this highly localised simulation behaviour.

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