Eliciting agents’ behaviour using scenario-based questionnaire in agent-based dairy supply chain simulation

Dhanan Sarwo Utomo, Bhakti Stephan Onggo, Stephen Eldridge, Andre Rivianda Daud, Safitri Tejaningsih

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Abstract

A scenario-based questionnaire is a survey method that aims to identify the respondents’ decision rules using their responses to a series of scenarios. It is rarely used in agent-based modelling and simulation (ABMS) with most researchers preferring a survey with closed questions as the data collection method. This is particularly true for ABMS studies in agri-food supply chains. In our paper, we design a scenario-based questionnaire to elicit the behaviour of agents in ABMS and apply it in a dairy supply chain case. Our findings suggest that respondents respond well to a scenario-based questionnaire as it relates more closely to their actual decision-making process. Furthermore, our experiment shows that the decision rules extracted using a scenario-based questionnaire improve ABMS validity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Simulation
Early online date26 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Agent-based modelling and simulation
  • dairy
  • data-collection
  • decision rule elicitation
  • supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation

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