Spatial process and data models: Toward integration of agent-based models and GIS
Riolo, Rick L.; Brown, Daniel G.; Robinson, Derek Thomas; North, Michael; Rand, William
Brown, Daniel G.; Riolo, Rick; Robinson, Derek T.; North, Michael; Rand, William; (2005). "Spatial process and data models: Toward integration of agent-based models and GIS." Journal of Geographical Systems 7(1): 25-47. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/47930>
AbstractThe use of object-orientation for both spatial data and spatial process models facilitates their integration, which can allow exploration and explanation of spatial-temporal phenomena. In order to better understand how tight coupling might proceed and to evaluate the possible functional and efficiency gains from such a tight coupling, we identify four key relationships affecting how geographic data (fields and objects) and agent-based process models can interact: identity, causal, temporal and topological. We discuss approaches to implementing tight integration, focusing on a middleware approach that links existing GIS and ABM development platforms, and illustrate the need and approaches with example agent-based models.
Springer-Verlag; Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
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