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First Steps Towards RAT: A Protocol for Documenting Data Use in the Agent-Based Modeling Process

Siebers, Peer-Olaf; Achter, Sebastian; Palaretti Bernardo, Cristiane; Borit, Melania; Chattoe-Brown, Edmund


Sebastian Achter

Cristiane Palaretti Bernardo

Melania Borit

Edmund Chattoe-Brown


Petra Ahrweiler

Martin Neumann


While there is a number of frameworks and protocols in Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) that support the documentation of different aspects of a simulation study, it is surprising to find only a small number dealing with the handling of data. Here we present the results of discussions we had on the topic at the Lorentz Center workshop on Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence using Social Simulation (8-12 April 2019, Leiden, the Netherlands). We believe that important distinctions to be considered in the context of data use documentation are the differences of data use in relation to modeling approaches (theory driven etc.) and data documentation needs at the different stages in the modeling process (conceptualization, specification, calibration, and validation). What we hope to achieve by presenting this paper at this conference, with the help of the community, is to move forward the development of a generally acceptable protocol for documenting data use in the ABM process.

Conference Name Social Simulation Conference 2019
Conference Location Mainz, Germany
Start Date Sep 23, 2019
End Date Sep 27, 2019
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 27, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2022
Publisher Springer
Pages 257-261
Series Title Springer Proceedings in Complexity
Series ISSN 2213-8692
Book Title Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23-27 September 2019
ISBN 9783030615024
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Additional Information First Online: 27 April 2021; Conference Acronym: ESSA; Conference Name: Conference of the European Social Simulation Association; Conference City: Mainz; Conference Country: Germany; Conference Year: 2019; Conference Start Date: 23 September 2019; Conference End Date: 27 September 2019; Conference ID: essa2019; Conference URL: