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Method of predicting a change in an economy

United States Patent

January 10, 2006
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An economy whose activity is to be predicted comprises a plurality of decision makers. Decision makers include, for example, households, government, industry, and banks. The decision makers are represented by agents, where an agent can represent one or more decision makers. Each agent has decision rules that determine the agent's actions. Each agent can affect the economy by affecting variable conditions characteristic of the economy or the internal state of other agents. Agents can communicate actions through messages. On a multiprocessor computer, the agents can be assigned to processing elements.
Pryor; Richard J (Albuquerque, NM), Basu; Nipa (Albany, NY)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 791,724
January 29, 1997
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.