Computational Laboratories
and Demonstration Software

Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE)
and Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS)

Last Updated: 15 April 2017

Site maintained by:
Leigh Tesfatsion
Department of Economics
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1070
tesfatsi AT

ACE Website Homepage
ACE/CAS General Software and Agent-Based Toolkits
ACE Course 308 (Self-Study eBook)

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Software Release Disclaimer:
All software provided below is unsupported and provided as-is, without warranty of any kind, unless otherwise specified by the provider.

Site Overview

Computational laboratories (CLs) are computational frameworks that permit the study of complex system behaviors by means of controlled and replicable experiments. Agent-based Computational Economics (ACE) is the computational study of economic processes modeled as dynamic systems of interacting agents. ACE researchers generally conduct their studies in the context of CLs. To date, however, there does not seem to have been any systematic attempt to encourage the web-publication of these CLs at a centralized accessible site for general ACE research and teaching purposes.

The CLs and demonstration software linked at this site cover ACE applications as well as general complex adaptive systems (CAS) applications of possible interest to ACE researchers. The ultimate goal of this site is to facilitate the understanding of the ACE methodology by permitting people to obtain hands-on experience running simple ACE/CAS experiments under different parameter settings with no original programming required and with rapid visual feedback of findings. Not all of the CLs and demos listed below currently possess these desired attributes, but they constitute a useful start towards the goal.

ACE Comp Labs and Demos

General CAS Comp Labs and Demos

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