Output variability caused by random seeds in a multi-agent transport simulation model

Mads Paulsen*, Thomas Kjær Rasmussen, Otto Anker Nielsen

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    Dynamic transport simulators are intended to support decision makers in transport-related issues, and as such it is valuable that the random variability of their outputs is as small as possible. In this study we analyse the output variability caused by random seeds of a multi-agent transport simulator (MATSim) when applied to a case study of Santiago de Chile. Results based on 100 different random seeds shows that the relative accuracies of estimated link loads tend to increase with link load, but that relative errors of up to 10 % do occur even for links with large volumes. Although the proportion of links having large relative errors is roughly the same for all of the investigated seeds, it is shown the variations of individual link loads between seeds largely dominate variations between the two last iterations within a seed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProcedia Computer Science
    Pages (from-to)850-857
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventThe 9th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 8 May 201811 May 2018


    ConferenceThe 9th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies

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