2. Simulator Architecture, Operation, and Example Output

  1. Timothy C. Haas

Published Online: 12 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979334.ch2

Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models

Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models

How to Cite

Haas, T. C. (2011) Simulator Architecture, Operation, and Example Output, in Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979334.ch2

Author Information

  1. Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2011
  2. Published Print: 4 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470661130

Online ISBN: 9780470979334

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Keywords:

  • agent-based simulation;
  • East African cheetah EMT simulator;
  • interacting influence diagrams (IntIDs) model;
  • political—ecological system

Summary

This chapter describes how an interacting influence diagrams (IntIDs) model operates. It shows the examples of simulator output for the East African cheetah ecosystem management tool (EMT). The chapter also shows how an IntIDs model fitted with consistency analysis is similar to the approach of Hedström except for the stronger statistical foundation of consistency analysis employed. An IntIDs model is actor oriented and mechanistic. An ID is a graphical representation of a multivariate probability distribution wherein nodes represent random variables and edges represent dependencies among these variables. A new plot has been developed that displays a sequence of actions and reactions by several interacting groups. The form and interpretation of this plot is given in the chapter followed by an example. Agent-based simulation forms the basis of a model of the political—ecological system.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

influence diagram; probability distribution; probability plot; statistical probability