Agent-Based Modelling in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Springer have just released the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. I have a couple of entries in there about agent-based modelling and model calibration: Agent-Based Models to Predict Crime at Places [PDF] Calibration of Simulation Models [PDF] There are also some other interesting agent-based chapters: Agent-Based Modeling for Understanding Patterns of Crime (Elizabeth R […]

Introductory R for Spatial Analysis. 6th December, 2013 in Leeds

As spatial datasets get larger, more sophisticated software needs to be harnessed for their analysis. R is now a widely used open source software platform for statistical analysis and is increasingly popular for those working with spatial data thanks to its powerful analysis and visualisation packages.  This one-day course introduces the basics of how R […]

Modelling for Policy sessions at RGS-IBG AC 2013

Myself and colleagues (Dianna Smith, Adam Dennett and Alison Heppenstall) are organising two sessions at this year’s RGS-IBG conference called “Modelling for Policy”. Both sessions will take place on Friday 30th in the afternoon at 14:40-16:20 and 16:50-18:30. Information about the sessions and abstracts can be found here (session a) and here (session b). Talks […]

Unemployment Visualised

I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon so thought it might be interesting to map some unemployment data I had read about in the Guardian Data Blog. These figures show the percentage of people (both men and women) of all ages who were unemployed in April 2013(according to the ONS Labour Market […]

Complexity in economics and social dynamics meeting

On Wednesday 5th June 2013 there is a half-day LMS-funded “Complexity Systems Dynamics” (CoSyDy) Meeting on “Complexity in economics and social dynamics”. It will be held in the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds. Speakers include: Peter Grindrod (Reading) Hannah Fry (UCL) Sergio Morales (Warwick) Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Met.) Jonathan Ward (Leeds). For […]

GISrUK Presentation: “Optimising an Agent-Based Model to Explore the Behaviour of Simulated Burglars”

I have recently presented some early work at the GISrUK conference on using a genetic algorithm (GA) to calibrate a complex agent-based burglary model. Slides are available here: GISrUK 2013 Presentation and the abstract is here: GISrUK 2013 Abstract. The aim of the work is to use a GA to calibrate the behaviour of virtual […]


I have just come across this interesting data from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA). They have a big database on anti-shipping (piracy) locations, available for download here. The map below shows areas that have received the largest numbers of anti-shipping alerts.