Exploratory Sequential Data Analysis for Multi-Agent Occupancy Simulation Results

AbstractIn this paper we apply the principles of Exploratory Sequential Data Analysis (ESDA) to simulation results analysis. We replicate a resource consumption simulation of occupants in a building and analyze the results using an open-source ESDA tool called UberTagger previously only used in the human-computer interaction (HCI) domain. We demonstrate the usefulness of ESDA by applying it to a hotel occupant simulation involving water and energy consumption. We have found that using a system which implements ESDA principles helps practitioners better understand their simulation models, form hypotheses about simulated behavior, more effectively debug simulation code, and more easily communicate their findings to others.

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