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Network analysis

Postby andrerpsimoes » Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:48 pm

I would like to know if Ventity is capable to perform network models between the entities. I mean connections (links) between agents in Agent Based Modelling language.
I am developing a diffusion model based social networks and considering to use Ventity if it is possible.

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Re: Network analysis

Postby tomfid » Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:38 pm

Yes, you can do this.

As an example, you might have two kinds of entity:

Person, identified by a PersonID attribute

Relationship, identified by the IDs of two Persons

Then you just need to specify the network as a table of relationships that exist among the persons. For now, you'd either have to import it from data, or build it with Actions. Later we expect to provide some infrastructure that would automate construction of networks with common topologies, and network visualization for output.

Ventity is optimized for entities or agents with significant dynamics; if your network involves many thousands to millions of trivial agents, it's probably not the right choice.
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