I create lots of dead agents, all linked up to portrayals and the schedule, each with the line “If (!alive) return:” up top in the step method. I just bring them to life or kill them as needed. I find this is much faster and simpler than actually creating new agents on the fly when thousands of agents are coming and going rapidly on a desktop. May or may not work best in your case.





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Subject: Dynamic Agent Creation


Does MASON support dynamic agent creation? I mean to create agents not all at the start up but some in the middle of simulation. The issue seems at the method of "setupPortrayals()" in the GUIState object. I am not sure if one needs to register all agents individually there to make them show up at the simulation. If one does, we have a problem because we do not know yet how many agents will show up eventually?




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