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RAT-RS: a reporting standard for improving the documentation of data use in agent-based modelling

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

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Sebastian Achter

Melania Borit

Edmund Chattoe-Brown



Abstract

This article describes and justifies a reporting standard to improve data use documentation in Agent-Based Modelling. Following the development of reporting standards for models themselves, empirical modelling has now developed to the point where these standards need to take equally effective account of data use (which previously has tended to be an afterthought to model description). It is particularly important that a standard should allow the reporting of the different uses to which data may be put (specification, calibration and validation), but also that it should be compatible with the integration of different kinds of data (for example, survey, ethnographic and experimental) sometimes known as mixed methods research. The article motivates the need for standards generally, and positions the distinctive contribution of the RAT-RS reporting standard. It describes how the standard was developed to ensure its usability, presents and explains it, and describes possibilities for future development.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2022
Publication Date Mar 30, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2022
Journal International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Print ISSN 1364-5579
Electronic ISSN 1464-5300
Publisher Informa UK Limited
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Pages 517-540
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2022.2049511
Keywords Agent-Based Modelling; data; interdisciplinarity; reporting standards; reproducibility
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/7650720
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13645579.2022.2049511

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