WIT Press


Modeling Law: Using Cellular Automata To Study Legal Regulations Of Conflicting Land Use

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/IMS970111

Volume

15

Pages

10

Published

1997

Size

1,299 kb

Author(s)

Seth J. Chandler

Abstract

This paper introduces cellular automaton technology to the field of law and economics. It provides this supplement to the traditional "constrained optimization" approaches practiced in the discipline by using the Mathematica computer language to set up economies modeled as lattices whose sites contain actors with diverse, imperfect, and dynamic learning styles. These lattices evolve according to potentially complex local rules and global properties of the automaton that attempt to capture the interaction of the legal system, the economy, and the actors within it. The technology is illustrated through examination of a traditional legal problem: regulation of conflicting uses of adjoining land. The theoretical construct employed, and its implementation in the Mathematica language, should extend to a variety of problems in wh

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