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Agent-based Modeling of a Self-Organized Food Safety System

Version 1 : Received: 31 August 2018 / Approved: 31 August 2018 / Online: 31 August 2018 (14:37:36 CEST)

How to cite: Zia, K.; Saini, D.K.; Muhammad, A.; Farooq, U. Agent-based Modeling of a Self-Organized Food Safety System. Preprints 2018, 2018080550 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0550.v1). Zia, K.; Saini, D.K.; Muhammad, A.; Farooq, U. Agent-based Modeling of a Self-Organized Food Safety System. Preprints 2018, 2018080550 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0550.v1).

Abstract

"The wisdom of crowd'' is so often observed in social discourses and activities around us. The manifestations of it are, however, so intrinsically embedded and behaviorally accepted that an elaboration of a social phenomenon evidencing such wisdom is often cheered as a discovery; or at least an astonishing fact. One such scenario is explored here, namely conceptualization and modeling of a food safety system, a system directly related to social cognition. Food safety is an area of concern these days. Models representing the food safety systems are recently published to study the effect of interactions between important entities of the system. For example, Knowles’s model finds conditions leading to a more efficient and dependable system of entities like consumers, regulators and stores with specific focus on regulators behavior and their impact on the food safety. The first contribution of this paper is reevaluation of Knowles’s model towards a more conscious understanding of ``the wisdom of crowd'' effects on inspection and consuming behaviors. The second contribution is augmenting of the model with social networking capabilities, which acts as a medium to spread information about stores and help consumers find stores which are not contaminated. Simulation results reveal that stores’ respecting social cognition improve effectiveness of the food safety system for consumers and stores both. Simulation findings also reveals that an active society has a capability to self-organize effectively even in the absence of any regulatory compulsion.

Subject Areas

Food Safety; Agent-Based Model; Social Networking; Recommendation; the wisdom of crowd.

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