Abstract: In this paper we deal with some validation experiments on the CATS model proposed in Gallegati et al. (2003a, 2004b). The CATS model has been extensively used to replicate a large number of scaling type stylized facts with a remarkable degree of precision. For such purposes, the simulation of the model has been performed entering ad hoc parameter values and using the same initial set up for all the agents involved in the experiments. Nowadays alternative robust and reliable validation techniques for determining whether the simulation model is an acceptable representation of the real system are available. Moreover many distributional and goodness-of-fit tests have been developed while several graphical tools have been proposed to give the researcher a quick comprehension of actual and simulated data. This paper discusses some validation experiments performed with the CATS model. In particular starting from a sample of Italian firms included in the AIDA database, we perform several ex-post validation experiments over the simulation period 1996-2001. In the experiments, the model parameters have been estimated using actual data and the initial set up consists of a sample of agents in 1996. The CATS model is then simulated over the period 1996-2001. Using alternative validation techniques, the simulations' results are ex-post validated respect to the actual data. The results are promising in that they show the good capabilities of the CATS model in reproducing the observed reality.
Validation in agent-based models: An investigation on the CATS model / VAGLIASINDI P. A.; BIANCHI C.; CIRILLO P; GALLEGATI M. - In: JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR & ORGANIZATION. - ISSN 0167-2681. - 67(2008), pp. 947-964. [10.1016/j.jebo.2007.08.008]