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Economics: Meltdown modelling

Could agent-based computer models prevent another financial crisis? Mark Buchanan reports.

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See Editorial, page 667 , and Opinion, pages 685 and 687 .

Mark Buchanan is a science writer based in Cambridge, UK. After writing this story, he was involved in reviewing grant proposals on the topic of agent-based modelling.

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Buchanan, M. Economics: Meltdown modelling. Nature 460, 680–682 (2009).

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