Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Construct User Guide

Kathleen M. Carley, David T. Filonuk, Kenny Joseph,
Michael Kowalchuck, Michael J. Lanham, Geoffrey P. Morgan

November 2012


Center for the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems
CASOS Technical Report

This report supersedes Institute for Software Research Technical Reports:
CMU-ISR-10-118, "Construct Demonstration Input Deck," June 2010
CMU-ISR-09-126, "Variables, Decisions, and Scripting in Construct," September 2009
CMU-ISR-08-114, "The Impact of Educational Interventions on Real and Stylized Cities," July 2008
CMU-ISRI 07-116, "Loading Networks in Construct," July 2007
CMU-ISRI 07-107, "Specifying Agents in Construct," July 2007

Keywords: Construct, multi-agent simulation, dynamic network analysis, agent-based modeling, information diffusion, belief diffusion, agent-based simulation, modeling and simulation

This technical report provides users and researchers information on the configuration and use of Construct, the CASOS dynamic network, agent-based, information and belief diffusion simulation of complex socio-technical systems. The report provides a Quick Start Guide to Construct, a detailed discussion of its configuration, and use through a sample problem and virtual experiment configuration exemplar, and a set of appendices with additional useful information. This document is intended both as an introduction to Construct for casual modelers as well as a reference guide for researchers, modelers, and simulationists.

125 pages

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