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Fahse, L., Wissel, C. and Grimm, V. (1998) Reconciling Classical and Individual-Based Approaches in Theoretical Population Ecology: A Protocol for Extracting Population Parameters from Individual-Based Models. The American Naturalist, 152, 838-852. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/286212

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  • TITLE: A Guide to Population Modelling for Simulation

    AUTHORS: Leif Gustafsson, Mikael Sternad

    KEYWORDS: Population Model, Simulation Methodology, Simulation Modelling, Theory of Simulation

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Modelling and Simulation, Vol.4 No.2, April 27, 2016

    ABSTRACT: This paper outlines the fundamentals of a consistent theory of numerical modelling of a population system under study. The focus is on the systematic work to construct an executable simulation model. There are six fundamental choices of model category and model constituents to make. These choices have a profound impact on how the model is structured, what can be studied, possible introduction of bias, lucidity and comprehensibility, size, expandability, performance of the model, required information about the system studied and its range of validity. The first choice concerns a discrete versus a continuous description of the population system under study—a choice that leads to different model categories. The second choice is the model representation (based on agents, entities, compartments or situations) used to describe the properties and behaviours of the objects in the studied population. Third, incomplete information about structure, transitions, signals, initial conditions or parameter values in the system under study must be addressed by alternative structures and statistical means. Fourth, the purpose of the study must be explicitly formulated in terms of the quantities used in the model. Fifth, irrespective of the choice of representation, there are three possible types of time handling: Event Scheduling, Time Slicing or Micro Time Slicing. Sixth, start and termination criteria for the simulation must be stated. The termination can be at a fixed end time or determined by a logical condition. Population models can thereby be classified within a unified framework, and population models of one type can be translated into another type in a consistent way. Understanding the pros and cons for different choices of model category, representation, time handling etc. will help the modeller to select the most appropriate type of model for a given purpose and population system under study. By understanding the rules for consistent population modelling, an appropriate model can be created in a systematic way and a number of pitfalls can be avoided.