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dc.contributor.authorBirks, D
dc.contributor.editorGerben J.N. Bruinsma and Shane D. Johnson
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, the field of social simulation has been dominated by the individual, or agent-based, computational model (ABM). ABMs provide unique means to explore complex social systems by allowing researchers to construct explicit models of the individual actors and interactions that make them up - people, peer groups, companies, nations, trade, reproduction, victimization, and so on, This chapter aims to provide the reader with a primer in the social simulation method and in particular the application of ABM in the field of environmental criminology. It begins by discussing the rationale behind the ABM approach. Subsequently, drawing on two illustrative simulations, it summarizes fundamental processes involved in designing, constructing, verifying, calibrating, validating, and utilizing ABM. It concludes by discussing some of the overarching strengths and limitations of the approach, and by discussing several areas of research that might aid in furthering the use of ABM within the field of environmental criminology.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology not elsewhere classified
dc.titleComputer Simulations: Agent-Focused Environmental Criminology
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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gro.griffith.authorBirks, Daniel J.

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