Option list is the element for defining agent attributes that have limited choice of alternative options, e.g.:
- Sex (male, female)
- Marital status (single, married, separated, divorced, widow)
For example, you can define the agent’s sex attribute as a Sex option list with the following elements: Male, Female.
To create an option list
In the Projects view, right-click (Mac OS: Ctrl + click) the model you are currently working with and choose New > Option List… from the context menu.
- The New Option List dialog box opens. In the Name box, specify the name of the new option list. In our example the name is Sex.
In the Specify elements table, type the names of the options (Male and Female).
- Click Finish to complete the process.
In the project tree, option lists appear on the upper level, grouped in the Option Lists branch.
Having defined the option list, you can choose this list as the agent parameter’s type.
Now you can assign values (Male or Female) to the agent’s sex parameter.
To set a default value, specify an option list’s value in the parameter’s Default value field, e.g: Male.
To change the value at the model runtime, type sex = Female;
If you need to assign values for the whole agent population, you may do it e.g. in the top level agent’s Startup code.
For example, you have the option list named Gender. To randomly select one option from this option list, use one of the following functions:
- randomFrom( Gender.class );
- Gender.random( this );
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