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dc.contributor.authorOremland, Matthew Scotten_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-24T09:00:20Z
dc.date.available2014-01-24T09:00:20Z
dc.date.issued2014-01-23en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:2057en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/25138
dc.description.abstractAgent-based models are computer simulations in which entities (agents) interact with each other and their environment according to local update rules. Local interactions give rise to global dynamics. These models can be thought of as in silico laboratories that can be used to investigate the system being modeled. Optimization problems for agent-based models are problems concerning the optimal way of steering a particular model to a desired state. Given that agent-based models have no rigorous mathematical formulation, standard analysis is difficult, and traditional mathematical approaches are often intractable. This work presents techniques for the analysis of agent-based models and for solving optimization problems with such models. Techniques include model reduction, simulation optimization, conversion to systems of discrete difference equations, and a variety of heuristic methods. The proposed strategies are novel in their application; results show that for a large class of models, these strategies are more effective than existing methods.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectAgent-based modelingen_US
dc.subjectoptimizationen_US
dc.subjectheuristic algorithmsen_US
dc.titleTechniques for mathematical analysis and optimization of agent-based modelsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMathematicsen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMathematicsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairLaubenbacher, Reinhard C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLawrence, Christopher B.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHoops, Stefanen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCiupe, Mihaela Stancaen_US


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