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An agent-based model of alcohol use and abuse: SimARC

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Abstract


  • Abstract—Alcohol-related problems (assaults, accidents and/or

    crimes) and alcohol abuse are recurrent societal problems

    leading to high social costs. Finding adapted policies to tackle

    this issue isn’t a trivial task due to the highly complex nature of

    alcohol consumption as many interrelated risk factors interact

    in a hardly predictable way. This paper describes an agentbased

    simulation model, called SimARC (Simulation of

    Alcohol-Related Consequences), aiming at exploring the

    complex interplay of these factors following a generative

    process whereby theory and model co-evolve within iterative

    loops. To explore the complexity of alcohol use and abuse, we

    need not only to include the aforementioned risk factors but

    also their evolution and highly dynamical interactions across

    scales. Therefore, our agent-based model aims to encapsulate

    several levels of reality. Considering an ontology as catalog of

    elements and relation amongst those elements, our ontologydriven

    behavioral model includes: neuro-biological responses

    to alcohol use (individual level), peer influence channeled

    through various social networks (meso-level) and societal

    responses to alcohol-related problems (meta-level). This

    ontological framework aims to establish a robust test-bed to

    analyze – in silico – the plausible consequences of various

    public policies related to alcohol abuse in public venues. After

    a brief review of the literature, we present SimARC’s core

    structure and preliminary results.

    Keywords-component; agent-based model, ontology, alcohol,

    social simulation, public health

Authors


  •   Lamy, Francois (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal
  •   Ritter, Alison (external author)
  •   Livingston, Michael (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Lamy, F., Perez, P., Ritter, A. & Livingston, M. (2011). An agent-based model of alcohol use and abuse: SimARC. In J. F. Muller & F. Bousquet (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th European Social Simularion Association Conference (pp. 1-7). Montpellier: ESSA.

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Abstract


  • Abstract—Alcohol-related problems (assaults, accidents and/or

    crimes) and alcohol abuse are recurrent societal problems

    leading to high social costs. Finding adapted policies to tackle

    this issue isn’t a trivial task due to the highly complex nature of

    alcohol consumption as many interrelated risk factors interact

    in a hardly predictable way. This paper describes an agentbased

    simulation model, called SimARC (Simulation of

    Alcohol-Related Consequences), aiming at exploring the

    complex interplay of these factors following a generative

    process whereby theory and model co-evolve within iterative

    loops. To explore the complexity of alcohol use and abuse, we

    need not only to include the aforementioned risk factors but

    also their evolution and highly dynamical interactions across

    scales. Therefore, our agent-based model aims to encapsulate

    several levels of reality. Considering an ontology as catalog of

    elements and relation amongst those elements, our ontologydriven

    behavioral model includes: neuro-biological responses

    to alcohol use (individual level), peer influence channeled

    through various social networks (meso-level) and societal

    responses to alcohol-related problems (meta-level). This

    ontological framework aims to establish a robust test-bed to

    analyze – in silico – the plausible consequences of various

    public policies related to alcohol abuse in public venues. After

    a brief review of the literature, we present SimARC’s core

    structure and preliminary results.

    Keywords-component; agent-based model, ontology, alcohol,

    social simulation, public health

Authors


  •   Lamy, Francois (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal
  •   Ritter, Alison (external author)
  •   Livingston, Michael (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Lamy, F., Perez, P., Ritter, A. & Livingston, M. (2011). An agent-based model of alcohol use and abuse: SimARC. In J. F. Muller & F. Bousquet (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th European Social Simularion Association Conference (pp. 1-7). Montpellier: ESSA.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/83

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