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Sean Luke <[log in to unmask]>
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MASON Multiagent Simulation Toolkit <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:33:28 -0400
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On Sep 25, 2006, at 4:55 PM, GŁnther Greindl wrote:

> I have surveyed the field of ABM simulation software,
> and have finally decided I will either settle for Repast or
> Mason - both appeal to me: Repast because it is specifically
> designed to meet Social Simulation needs and seems to has
> a big following in the socsim community, and Mason because of it's
> design (on the code level). (lean and mean ;-)
> Has anybody tested both platforms and can offer some insight
> on the differences (I'm interested in _opinions_ :-))?

I obviously have a bias. :-) So I'll let others speak on MASON's
behalf. However, it's worth mentioning:

> A good starting point seems to me the sugarscape model (I also want
> to include resources and competition between the agents).
> The agents should be adaptive in the long run (read: learning
> ability) -
> although this goes somewhat contrary to the keep it simple paradigm.
> There is an implementation for Repast, it is also listed on the
> Mason site
> as a project but I did not find a download.

Tony Bigbee and Claudio Cioffi-Revilla are your answer men here.
Tony Bigbee did what I understand to be the most complete Repast
reimplementation anywhere. He did it in MASON. I believe Tony is
cleaning up the code and he may be able to give you some
information. I'm cc:ing him.