Agent-Based Modeling of a Self-Organized Food Safety System
2. Background and Motivation
3. The Existing and Proposed Models
3.1. Models Overview
3.2. Knowles Model for Food Safety Inspections
- CONSUME and HEAL: A healthy consumer consumes food from a store. However, the consumer has to wait to get healthy, if he/she has consumed contaminated food. A consumer randomly selects an uncontaminated store in his/her proximity—within the accessible range, which is neither declared contaminated by the store/regulators nor listed in the list of bad stores based on the previous experience of the consumer. The uncontaminated stores are listed as good stores. The consumer is declared sick when he/she consumes food, whose contamination—a randomly selected plausible health hazard value, exceeds his/her immunity level. Consequently, the store is added to the list of bad stores. A sick consumer performs the healing process when his/her healing counter is less than the recommended threshold. Figure 4a illustrates the whole process of CONSUME AND HEAL operations.
- SPREAD and SIGNAL: A store may randomly become contaminated. When such a situation arises, the store may decide to use the SIGNAL process to indicate the regulators about its state being contaminated. Figure 4b illustrates the SPREAD AND SIGNAL processes.
- TEST: A regulator visits a randomly selected store, among the signaling stores, within his/her proximity. The proximity (the assigned accessible range) of a regulator is usually more than the proximity of a consumer. Otherwise, the regulator visits a randomly selected store in his/her proximity. The store, in response to a regulator’s visit, becomes sterilized. Figure 4c provides the Test procedure.
3.3. The Extended Knowles Model
3.4. The Proposed Model
- total connections depend on the connectivity index—the percentage of people connected to each other.
- many connections are local which depends on local connections index.
- the remaining connections, quite a few in number, are remote.
4. Model Simulation and Results
- Case 1: represents the Knowles’s Model but without using the Signaling option.
- Case 2: represents the Knowles’s Model using the Signaling option.
- Case 3: includes the UPGRADE process, and the concept of progressive improvement or degradation of food quality.
- Case 4: considers the UPGRADE process along with the impact of crowd on progressive quality improvement by the vigilant stores only.
- Case 5: considers the UPGRADE process along with the impact of crowd on progressive quality improvement by all stores.
- Case 5A: is the same as Case 5.
- Case 5B: Case 5 but without the wandering process.
- Case 5C: uses friends network when no store is found in the consumer’s proximity.
4.2. Analysis and Discussion
- Sick Consumers: represents the number of sick consumers at a given time.
- Contaminated Stores: provides the number of contaminated stores at a given time.
- Sterilized Stores: represents the number of sterilized stores at a given time.
- Stores Usage: represented in terms of, average value and standard deviation, based on 100 executions for a given scenario.
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