Resources

Guides to Good Practice

We strive to foster and support good practices for developing and disseminating open and reproducible computational models. Computational modeling is not a primary skill for our practitioners but rather a tool used to better understand emergent phenomena in complex adaptive systems.

Other organizations focused on improving computational modeling praxis:

Agent-based model development

  • Keep your models simple
  • Document your models using ODD or equivalent documentation protocol
  • Consider carefully how to evaluate and validate your model’s outputs. Make sure you do a proper sensitivity analysis!
  • Structure your model into coherent modules where possible with well-defined inputs and outputs between modules.

Further reading

Some of the code and data management practices listed below are also described in greater detail in Good Enough Practices in Scientific Computing by Wilson et al.

Code management

Data management

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