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DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.08.019
Title (Primary) The ODD protocol: A review and first update
Author Grimm, V.; Berger, U.; DeAngelis, D.L.; Polhill, J.G.; Giske, J.; Railsback, S.F.
Source Titel Ecological Modelling
Year 2010
Department OESA
Volume 221
Issue 23
Page From 2760
Page To 2768
Language englisch
Keywords Model description; Model formulation; Model replication; Scientific communication; Standardization
Abstract The 'ODD' (Overview, Design concepts, and Details) protocol was published in 2006 to standardize the published descriptions of individual-based and agent-based models (ABMs). The primary objectives of ODD are to make model descriptions more understandable and complete, thereby making ABMs less subject to criticism for being irreproducible. We have systematically evaluated existing uses of the ODD protocol and identified, as expected, parts of ODD needing improvement and clarification. Accordingly, we revise the definition of ODD to clarify aspects of the original version and thereby facilitate future standardization of ABM descriptions. We discuss frequently raised critiques in ODD but also two emerging, and unanticipated, benefits: ODD improves the rigorous formulation of models and helps make the theoretical foundations of large models more visible. Although the protocol was designed for ABMs, it can help with documenting any large, complex model, alleviating some general objections against such models.
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Grimm, V., Berger, U., DeAngelis, D.L., Polhill, J.G., Giske, J., Railsback, S.F. (2010):
The ODD protocol: A review and first update
Ecol. Model. 221 (23), 2760 - 2768 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.08.019