Agent-based simulation of consumer occupancy distribution in shopping centers

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Abstract

Where are the most frequented areas inside a shopping center? The answer to this question can help us find the optimal places to put advertisement, set its price, or even optimize the locations of the stores. This work studies the applicability of simulation techniques to the clients’ circulation inside a shopping center. For that a software capable of integrating the various techniques and showing the results of the simulations is built. We use the agent-based simulations where the consumers will be emulated by autonomous entities called agents who have a set of characteristics and behaviors that support their decisions. The navigation of the agents inside the shopping center and the search for the best path is done by the A* algorithm. To show the distribution of the occupancy of the consumers within the shopping center, heat maps are used with a color scale ranging from yellow, meaning less frequented areas, to red, meaning the most frequented areas. This software not only proved to be able to find the most frequented areas, but also find them for the various segments of the population, which allow us to know what segment of the population should the advertisement, of the different areas of the shopping center, target.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 International Young Engineers Forum in Electrical and Computer Engineering, YEF-ECE 2021
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages92-97
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-1264-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-2937-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2021
Event5th International Young Engineers Forum in Electrical and Computer Engineering, YEF-ECE 2021 - Caparica and Online, Portugal
Duration: 9 Jul 20219 Jul 2021

Conference

Conference5th International Young Engineers Forum in Electrical and Computer Engineering, YEF-ECE 2021
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityCaparica and Online
Period9/07/219/07/21

Keywords

  • A* algorithm
  • agent-based simulation
  • Consumer behavior
  • Heat maps
  • Shopping center

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