A generic testing framework for agent-based simulation models

Gurcan O., DİKENELLİ O. , Bernon C.

JOURNAL OF SIMULATION, vol.7, no.3, pp.183-201, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1057/jos.2012.26
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF SIMULATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-201


Agent-based modelling and simulation (ABMS) had an increasing attention during the last decade. However, the weak Validation and verification of agent-based simulation models makes ABMS hard to trust. There is no comprehensive tool set for verification and validation of agent-based simulation models, which demonstrates that inaccuracies exist and/or reveals the existing errors in the model. Moreover, on the practical side, many ABMS frameworks are in use. In this sense, we designed and developed a generic testing framework for agent-based simulation models to conduct validation and verification of models. This paper presents our testing framework in detail and demonstrates its effectiveness by showing its applicability on a realistic agent-based simulation case study.