Agent-Based Models and Individualism: Is the World Agent-Based?

  title={Agent-Based Models and Individualism: Is the World Agent-Based?},
  author={David O'Sullivan and Mordechai Haklay},
  journal={Environment and Planning A},
  pages={1409 - 1425}
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