I recently read a journal article my supervisor had co-written and thought “I can do this!”. The article clearly laid out a procedure for creating a model that would distribute houses around a central business district based on the preferences of the agents and other model parameters.
After getting a working version using squares I started thinking about how the resulting road and housing pattern would change when using a hexagonal grid rather than the square. The final product lets you run both square and hex lattice models side by side. I’ve spend a little time making it efficient enough so it’s not boring to watch. While I have in mind some improvements I could make to greatly increase the speed (x100) I have other projects calling. Using Google Chrome makes it run a little faster. As usual IE9 fails miserably to conform to standards and can’t begin to function.
From my perspective this model is quite different from what I am currently working on. From an external perspective however this is a rather good example of the kind of work I am currently doing. I am modelling future residential growth in Luxembourg based on economics, agent preferences, spatial attributes and travel costs.