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Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'05) - Track 1
Big Island, Hawaii
January 03-January 06
ISBN: 0-7695-2268-8
Yiwen Zhang, The University of Arizona
Mohan Tanniru, The University of Arizona
This paper focuses on agent-based approach to study the relationship between the individual behavior of participants and the overall development of a virtual community, to help people to better understand the interactive process, forecast and manage the community development.
In this paper, we first analyze the strengths of agent-based approach and the features of virtual communities. We argue that agent-based modeling and simulation approach is well suited to study virtual communities. We then build an agent-based model for virtual learning communities (VLCs). Each participant in VLCs is modeled as an agent with cognitive and social characteristics. The interactive activities are decomposed into four modules: registration module, activation module, action module, and adaptation module. A discussion of general observations of the community behaviors and managerial implications is presented based on series of comparative simulations.
Citation:
Yiwen Zhang, Mohan Tanniru, "An Agent-Based Approach to Study Virtual Learning Communities," hicss, vol. 1, pp.11c, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'05) - Track 1, 2005
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