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The last (and the biggest) chapter of “The Big Book” available online


The last (and the biggest) chapter of “The Big Book” available online

In the chapter "Agent based modeling. Technology overview", we present an overview of the technologies and techniques used in agent based modeling. Agent based models are very diverse in architecture, behavior types, number of agents, space types and so on. Other modeling methods (discrete event and system dynamics) are often used inside and outside agents. Although there is no special or standard language for agent based modeling, there are “design patterns” that are common to many agent based models. The chapter includes example models described in the step-by-step manner: Air Defense System, Wildfire (featuring combined discrete-continuous space), and also some discrete space classics: Schelling Segregation and Conway’s Game of Life.

Can one make precise forecasts of consumer behavior?


Can one make precise forecasts of consumer behavior?

Many people, who are interested in sales forecasting, are familiar with the book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. The abstract of the book states: “Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.” The irrationality of human decisions is the basis of behavioral economics. Predictably Irrational, and many other books, give many examples which argue the idea of consumer rationality. Businesses are irrational too, as they are guided by human beings.

AnyLogic North America Attends Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers


AnyLogic North America was to take part in Dr. Nate Osgood’s 3rd Annual Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers last week at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Dr. Osgood’s platform of choice is AnyLogic for many reasons, not least the graphical nature of the editor, the excellent support offered by The AnyLogic Company, and the software’s multimethod capabilities. The bootcamp was attended by roughly 25 people, most of them academicians, with a high proportion of them interested in epidemiology. However, according to Dr. Osgood, a large proportion of attendees indicated that multimethod modeling was an item of high interest to them, and he adjusted the course content accordingly.

AnyLogic 7 Alpha Version Released


This alpha version is not intended as an official release and will not be distributed publicly. However, AnyLogic users will get an opportunity to get a glimpse of it at any of the upcoming events the AnyLogic Company is going to take part in. For example, the first unofficial presentation will be made at the Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers on August 19-24, in Saskatoon, Canada. You are also welcome to reach us at other events to see the alpha version! The final official release of AnyLogic 7 will be available in winter 2013. Stay tuned!

Choose the Winner of the Modeling Contest!


The contest for building the best simulation model using AnyLogic is now over. Now we need your help to decide the winner! Vote for your favorite model by going to our LinkedIn or Facebook community, and tell us why you think your candidate deserves the prize!

AnyLogic North America at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society


AnyLogic North America at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

AnyLogic North America participated in the 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, July 21 – July 25, 2013. The conference brought together people from around the world to share important research and application results to build the community of those active in the field of Systems Dynamics. Since SD is one of the main modeling methods in AnyLogic 6 (along with Agent based and Discrete Event modeling), this conference was a great chance for AnyLogic North America to expand the modeling horizons of SD community. As one of the Key Sponsor of the event, our logo and company information was prominently displayed across the venue.

The AnyLogic Conference 2013 Agenda Highlights


Do you want to hear how Cardinal Health use simulation to minimize warehouse congestion? Or about a plant capacity model of GE Global Research? What simulation model is used by Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering to explore healthcare policy choices across OECD countries? On December 12, sixteen commercial and research organizations will tell you about their experience of applying multimethod simulation modeling in their industry. The Conference program is based on case-studies and real world examples and is now available on our website. Make sure you register early to secure your attendance - spaces are limited!