The free software for building and running Individual Based Models with no computer skill
Mobidyc is a software project that aims to promote Individual-Based Modelling in the field of ecology, biology and environment. It is the acronym for MOdelling Based on Individuals for the DYnamics of Communities.
- Biologists or researchers with no computer skill who wish to quickly build and run simple IBMs or cellular automata.
- Modelers who want to take advantage of the Mobidyc framework to write complex models or dedicated simulators.
- Based upon the multi-agent paradigm, with three kinds of agents: cell (spatial), mobile and non-located agents
- Agent's behaviour is specified either by stringing out pre-defined components or by conventional programming
- A scheduler and several graphical tools including a video-tape recorder manage and control the simulations
- Manages both the (pseudo)parallel and the sequential call of the agents
- Understands user's units for variables and parameters
- Provides a batch procedure to automatically string out simulations while varying parameters values
- Written in the Cincom VisualWorks Smalltalk, a powerful and free object language, which is very easy to learn even for the non computer scientist
- Run on any platform. Tested on MacOS X, Windows XP, Unix-Solaris, Linux (Mandriva, Red-Hat, Debian ...)
Release April 4, 2006 -- Mobidyc v2.22
- Minor bugs corrected
Release December 15, 2005 -- Mobidyc v2.21
- XML saving of the whole project.
- new plain text editor for mathematical expressions between agent's states, including control structures (need Java 1.4.2).
- More statistical fonctions
- A new GUI for opening Mobidyc project.
- A Dashboard for managing parameters.
- I/O optimised
Run the examples that are provided. All of them are build with the pre-defined components: this will give you a good idea of the variety of behaviors it is possible to build without any "hard coding".An english tutorial is provided as well as an english online help.
- Mobidyc is free and open source, but see CopyRights for a legal use.
- Please don't forget to mention Mobidyc's reference in your works :
- Scientific paper reference: Ginot Vincent, Le Page Christophe, Souissi Sami (2002). A multi-agents architecture to enhance end-user individual-based modelling. Ecological Modelling n°157 (2002) 23-41.t,
- URL: http://www.avignon.inra.fr/mobidyc