Individual-Based Modeling and Ecology

ISBN-10: 069109666X

ISBN-13: 9780691096667

Edition: 2005

Authors: Volker Grimm, Steven F. Railsback

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The authors begin their book with a general primer on modelling before addressing the problems of theory and conceptual framework for individual-based ecology. An extensive review illustrates the ecological problems that have been addressed with individual-based models.
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Book details

List price: $78.50
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Modeling
Introduction
Why Individual-based Modeling and Ecology?
Linking Individual Traits and System Complexity: Three Examples
Individual-based Ecology
Early IBMs and Their Research Programs
What Makes a Model an IBM?
Status and Challenges of the Individual-based Approach
Conclusions and Outlook
A Primer to Modeling
Introduction
Heuristics for Modeling
The Modeling Cycle
Summary and Discussion
Pattern-oriented Modeling
Introduction
Why Patterns, and What Are Patterns?
The Tasks of Pattern-oriented Modeling
Discussion
Individual-based Ecology
Theory in Individual-based Ecology
Introduction
Basis for Theory in IBE
Goals of IBE Theory
Theory Structure
Theory Development Cycle
Example: Development of Habitat Selection Theory for Trout
Summary and Discussion
A Conceptual Framework for Designing Individual-based Models
Introduction
Emergence
Adaptive Traits and Behavior
Fitness
Prediction
Interaction
Sensing
Stochasticity
Collectives
Scheduling
Observation
Summary and Conclusions
Conceptual Design Checklist
Examples
Introduction
Group and Social Behavior
Population Dynamics of Social Animals
Movement: Dispersal and Habitat Selection
Regulation of Hypothetical Populations
Comparison with Classical Models
Dynamics of Plant Populations and Communities
Structure of Communities and Ecosystems
Artificially Evolved Traits
Summary and Conclusions
The Engine Room
Formulating Individual-based Models
Introduction
Contents of an IBM Formulation
Formulating an IBM's Spatial Elements
Formulating Logical and Probabilistic Rules
Formulating Adaptive Traits
Controlling Uncertainty
Using Object-oriented Design and Description
Using Mechanistic and Discrete Mathematics
Designing Superindividuals
Summary and Conclusions
Software for Individual-based Models
Introduction
The Importance of Software Design for IBMs
Software Terminology and Concepts
Software Platforms
Software Testing
Moving Software Development Forward
Important Implementation Techniques
Some Favorite Software Myths
Summary and Conclusions
Analyzing Individual-based Models
Introduction
Steps in Analyzing an IBM
General Strategies for Analyzing IBMs
Techniques for Analyzing IBMs
Statistical Analysis
Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis
Robustness Analysis
Parameterization
Independent Predictions
Summary and Conclusions
Communicating Individual-based Models and Research
Introduction
Types of IBE Work to Communicate
Complete and Efficient Model Description
Common Review Comments
Visual Communication of Executable Models
Communicating Software
Summary and Conclusions
Conclusions and Outlook
Using Analytical Models in Individual-based Ecology
Introduction
Classifications of Ecological Models
Benefits of Analytical Models
Analytical Approximation of IBMs
Using Analytical Models to Understand and Analyze IBMs
Summary and Discussion
Conclusions and Outlook for Individual-based Ecology
Introduction
Why Do We Need IBE?
How Is IBE Different From Traditional Ecology?
What Can Ecology Contribute to the Science of Complex Systems?
A Visit to the Individual-based Ecology Laboratory
Glossary
References
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