Tools and Techniques for Social Science Simulation

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Ramzi Suleiman, Klaus G. Troitzsch, Nigel Gilbert
Springer Science & Business Media, 6 בדצמ׳ 2012 - 387 עמודים
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The use of computer simulations to study social phenomena has grown rapidly during the last few years. Many social scientists from the fields of economics, sociology, psychology and other disciplines now use computer simulations to study a wide range of social phenomena. The availability of powerful personal computers, the development of multidisciplinary approaches and the use of artificial intelligence models have all contributed to this development. The benefits of using computer simulations in the social sciences are obvious. This holds true for the use of simulations as tools for theory building and for its implementation as a tool for sensitivity analysis and parameter optimization in application-oriented models. In both, simulation provides powerful tools for the study of complex social systems, especially for dynamic and multi-agent social systems in which mathematical tractability is often impossible. The graphical display of simulation output renders it user friendly to many social scientists that lack sufficient familiarity with the language of mathematics. The present volume aims to contribute in four directions: (1) To examine theoretical and methodological issues related to the application of simulations in the social sciences. By this we wish to promote the objective of designing a unified, user-friendly, simulation toolkit which could be applied to diverse social problems. While no claim is made that this objective has been met, the theoretical issues treated in Part 1 of this volume are a contribution towards this objective.
 

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Towards a Simulation Toolkit
3
Maintaining Diversity Simulating the Role of Nonliniarity and Discreteness
11
Questions in the Methodology of Artificial Societies
17
Computer Assisted Interfacing On the Use of Computer Simulation
26
Interactive Neural Networks as Tools for Modeling Social Systems
48
A Serial MultiAgent System for Social Simulation 65
63
A Reference Model for the Simulation of MultiAgent Systems
83
Building MultiAgent Simulation Applications
115
Cellular Automata Models as a Modelling Tool
151
Evolution of Learning Rules in Space
179
Representation Methods and the Emergence of InterGroup
218
Sensitivity Analysis
238
What Is the Use of Gossip? A Sensitivity Analysis of the Spreading
302
Economic Development Opinion Formation
316
Microsimulating Farm Business Performance
344
Biographical Sketches
373

Diversity in Strategies of Partnership Formation
131

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