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This volume examines all aspects of using agent or individual-based simulation. This approach represents systems as individual elements having their own set of differing states and internal processes. The interactions between elements in the simulation represent interactions in the target systems. What makes this "social" is that it can represent an observed society.

Social systems include all those systems where the components have individual agency but also interact with each other. This includes human societies and groups, but also increasingly socio-technical systems where the internet-based devices form the substrate for interaction. These systems are central to our lives, but are among the most complex known. This poses particular problems for those who wish to understand them. The complexity often makes analytic approaches infeasible but, on the other hand, natural language approaches are also inadequate for relating intricate cause and effect. This is why individual and agent-based computational approaches hold out the possibility of new and deeper understanding of such systems.

This handbook marks the maturation of this new field. It brings together summaries of the best thinking and practices in this area from leading researchers in the field and constitutes a reference point for standards against which future methodological advances can be judged.

This second edition adds new chapters on different modelling purposes and applying software engineering methods to simulation development. Revised existing content will keep the book up-to-date with recent developments. This volume will help those new to the field avoid "reinventing the wheel" each time, and give them a solid and wide grounding in the essential issues. It will also help those already in the field by providing accessible overviews of current thought. The material is divided into four sections: Introduction, Methodology, Mechanisms, and Applications. Each chapter starts with a very brief section called 'Why read this chapter?' followed by an abstract, which summarizes the content of the chapter. Each chapter also ends with a section on 'Further Reading'.

Whilst sometimes covering technical aspects, this second edition of Simulating Social Complexity is designed to be accessible to a wide range of researchers, including both those from the social sciences as well as those with a more formal background. It will be of use as a standard reference text in the field and also be suitable for graduate level courses.


Among his numerous responsibilities, Dr. Bruce Edmonds is the Director for the Centre of Policy Modeling at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has edited numerous books for Springer; he's a member of the Dalton Research Institute and a board member for the European Complex Systems Society.

Ruth Meyer is also a former Springer book editor. She's a Research Associate at the Center of Policy Modeling at Manchester Metropolitan University. Among others, her research interests lie in agent-based simulation and discrete-event simulation.


Introduction.- Historical Introduction.- Types of Simulation.- Different Modelling Purposes.- Informal Approaches to Developing Simulations.- Applying software engineering methods to simulation development.- Checking Simulations.- Validating Simulations.- Understanding Simulation Results.- Participatory Approaches.- Combining Analytic and Simulation Approaches.- Interpreting and Understanding Simulations.- Utility, Games and Haggling.- Social Constraint.- Trust and Reputation.- Power and Authority.- Distribution and Space.- Learning.- Evolutionary Approaches.- Ecological Management.- Organisational Design.- Distributed Computer Systems.- Animal Social Behaviour.- Markets.- Movement of People and Goods.- Human Societies.

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Titre: Simulating Social Complexity
Sous-titre: A Handbook
EAN: 9783319669489
Format: eBook (pdf)
Producteur: Springer International Publishing
Parution: 24.11.2017
Protection contre la copie numérique: filigrane numérique
Taille de fichier: 13.43 MB
Nombre de pages: 838

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