The ETACE Virtual Appliance
A Software Suite for Large-scale Agent-based Computational Economic Modelling
by Gregor Böhl, Sander van der Hoog, Philipp Harting, Simon Gemkow and Herbert Dawid
The ETACE Virtual Appliance is a stand-alone Linux-based simulation platform that provides a full suite of programmes for (large-scale) agent-based modelling and simulation. It builds on the core Flexible Large-scale Agent Modelling Environment (FLAME), adding programs such as Graphical User Interfaces, an editor for agent-based model design and an integrated solution for data visualisation using R.
The idea behind the software package is to make every step related to the initialization, simulation and analysis of the Eurace@Unibi model as easy as possible. The following versions of the model are included:
- Dawid, Harting, van der Hoog & Neugart (2016): "A Heterogeneous Agent Macroeconomic Model for Policy Evaluation: Improving Transparency and Reproducibility" (Full model description -- Updated version of Dawid et al. 2012)
- Dawid, Gemkow, Harting, van der Hoog & Neugart (2012): Eurace@Unibi Model v1.0 (full source code available)
- Dawid, Harting & Neugart (2013): Spatial labor market frictions (code for replication of results)
- Dawid, Gemkow (2013): Social networks (code for replication of results)
- Dawid, Harting & Neugart (2013): Cohesion Policy (code for replication of results)
The programme suite allows Academics, Practitioners, Regulators, and the general public to create, edit, and simulate models that have been developped using the Flame agent-based modelling environment, such as the Eurace@Unibi model.
The virtual appliance serves multiple purposes: (i) to ensure the reproducibility of results, (ii) as a form of model documentation and communication, (iii) it heightens the credibility of the model.
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