agent - based simulation
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Etymology :agent (Middle English, from Medieval Latin agent-, agens, from Latin, present participle of agere to drive, lead, act, do; akin to Old Norse aka to travel in a vehicle, Greek agein to drive, lead) + based (Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin basis, from Greek, step, base, from bainein to go) + simulation (Middle English simulacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin simulation-, simulatio, from simulare)
Function : noun.

1: the simulation of the development and the expansion of the cities based on “agents”. In these processes the “agents” represent the social and human units of the cities.[1] [2]

1. “Cities and complexity: understanding cities with cellular automata, agent-based models, and fractals.” Michael Batty (2005)
2. Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary

(Vagia Pantou, 10/12/2007)
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