2010 OpenABM and CSSS Modeling Competition
Develop an agent-based model that match experimental data of human foraging and predict the results for a new set of experiments.
OpenABM.org and the Computational Social Science Society (CSSS) will be holding a competition for agent-based models to determine a model that best predicts the behavior of subjects in a foraging experiment. The author(s) of the winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1000 and one (1) invitation to attend the annual conference of the Computational Social Science Society (CSSS) 2011.
The motivation to implement this competition is to explore the diverse ways people test agent-based models on empirical data. The competition organizers have provided an experimental data set from a series of real-time spatial commons dilemma experiments. The contestants’ task is to develop a model that can explain the observations and be used to predict the outcomes of a series of new experiments with adjustments in specific environmental conditions.
We anticipate this competition will become an annual event hosted by OpenABM in order to stimulate the development of agent-based models and their applications to empirical studies. By designing and participating in competitions, the OpenABM community will be challenged to explore and solve common problems.
A detailed description of how the tournament will be run and technical details of how to enter can be found here. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2011.
The tournament will be overseen by a committee of distinguished scholars:
- William Griffin, Arizona State University, USA, Vice-President of the CSSS
- Volker Grimm, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Germany
- William Rand, University of Maryland, USA