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Ecological Niche Theory, Assortative Drinking, Alcohol Outlets

Agent-Based Modeling of Ecological Niche Theory and Assortative Drinking

Ben Fitzpatrick and Jason Martinez
Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 15 (2) 4

Kyeywords: Ecological Niche Theory, Assortative Drinking, Alcohol Outlets
Abstract: The present paper presents a preliminary approach to the modeling of dynamic properties of the spatial assortment of alcohol outlets using agent-based techniques. Individual drinkers and business establishments are the core agent types. Drinkers assort themselves by frequenting establishments due to spatial and social (niche) motivations. We examine a number of questions concerning the feedback relationships between establishments targeting a particular niche clientele and the individuals seeking more desirable places to obtain alcohol.