Abstract for: iSimPlus: A Multi-Method Simulation Tool for Modelling Complex Systems

Simulation provides a means to gain insight into the past behaviour and future trajectories of complex social systems. The simulation process is one of discovery: individual mental models are communicated, formalised, and simulated under a range of scenarios. There are two main approaches to social simulation: system dynamics, centred on the feedback perspective, and agent based computational modelling, which uses the individual and their interactions as the basic building block. This short paper describes a new simulation tool that can accommodate both perspectives, and where all model building is achieved using an equation-based approach. The system design is summarised and an example based on the SIR model is described.