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AnyLogic North America Attends ACI-NA


Last week AnyLogic North America attended the 2013 airport industry’s premier annual event, the ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Jose, California. This event has been recognized to offer unparalleled education and networking opportunities for the leadership of North America’s airports. The focus of the event was to demonstrate the latest trends in technology and operations management, insight into best practices for safety and security, and giving attendees opportunities to create new relationships with leading industry vendors. PERFECT fit for AnyLogic!

AnyLogic 7 Alpha Presented at Simulation Events in the UK


AnyLogic 7 Alpha Presented at Simulation Events in the UK

This September the simulation society in UK enjoyed two meaningful events – OR55 Annual Conference and 8th EUROSIM Congress. The first one is more attended by practitioners and the second one is a more academic event. At both conferences people were very excited about AnyLogic 7, although there were concerns by the move towards a wizard based system and how it might damage the 'power' of AnyLogic. We are keen to assure you that it is a baseless fear! Wizards are aimed to facilitate the learning curve for those who are new to the software. If you do not need Wizard’s assistance, you can easily skip this option and continue creating models via regular interface.

Fundamentals and In-Depth Training in San Jose, CA


Fundamentals and In-Depth Training in San Jose, CA

AnyLogic North America had another successful training. In San Jose, over a dozen students representing commercial interests from marketing and epidemiology to semiconductor manufacturing and behavioral modeling, learned how to apply AnyLogic’s unique multimethod modeling capability to their business problems. Users of all three modeling methods – System Dynamics, Discrete Event, and Agent Based modeling – were represented. Many interesting discussions occurred regarding when to use which method, and the networking among the students yielded excellent benefits for both students and ALNA.

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!