PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Learning from multi-level behaviours in agent-based simulations: A Systems Biology application
Chih-Chun Chen and David Hardoon
Journal of Simulation, Special Issue: Agent Based Modeling: Theory and Applications 2009.


This paper presents a novel approach towards showing how specific emergent multi-level behaviours in agent-based simulations can be quantified and used as the basis for inferring predictive models. First, we first show how behaviours at different levels can be specified and detected in a simulation using the complex event formalism. We then apply partial least squares regression (PLS) to frequencies of these behaviours to infer models predicting the global behaviour of the system from lower level behaviours. By comparing the mean predictive errors of models learned from different subsets of behavioural frequencies, we are also able to determine the relative importance of different types of behaviour and different resolutions. These methods are applied to agent-based simulations of a novel agent-based model of of cancer in the colonic crypt, with tumorigenesis as the global behaviour we wish to predict.

EPrint Type:Article
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Computational, Information-Theoretic Learning with Statistics
ID Code:4890
Deposited By:David Hardoon
Deposited On:24 March 2009