Studies in Computational Intelligence

Managing Complexity: Practical Considerations in the Development and Application of ABMs to Contemporary Policy Challenges

Editors: Hadzikadic, Mirsad, O’Brien, Sean, Khouja, Moutaz (Eds.)

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This book emerged out of a project initiated and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that sought to build on efforts to transform agent-based models into platforms for predicting and evaluating policy responses to real world challenges around the world.  It began with the observation that social science theories of human behavior are often used to estimate the consequences of alternative policy responses to important issues and challenges.  However, alternative theories that remain subject to contradictory claims are ill suited to inform policy.

The vision behind the DARPA project was to mine the social sciences literature for alternative theories of human behavior, and then formalize, instantiate, and integrate them within the context of an agent-based modeling system. The research team developed an experimental platform to evaluate the conditions under which alternative theories and groups of theories applied. The end result was a proof of concept developed from the ground up of social knowledge that could be used as an informative guide for policy analysis. This book describes in detail the process of designing and implementing a pilot system that helped DARPA assess the feasibility of a computational social science project on a large scale. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Addressing Complex Challenges in an Interconnected World

    O’Brien, Sean (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Complexity: Where Does It Come from?

    O’Brien, Sean (et al.)

    Pages 9-17

  • An Overview of Agent Based Models

    Carmichael, Ted

    Pages 19-28

  • Running the System: Prediction and Intervention

    Whitmeyer, Joseph

    Pages 29-43

  • The ACSES Model of Afghanistan: Introduction and Social Theories

    Whitmeyer, Joseph

    Pages 45-58

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Complexity: Practical Considerations in the Development and Application of ABMs to Contemporary Policy Challenges
Editors
  • Mirsad Hadzikadic
  • Sean O’Brien
  • Moutaz Khouja
Series Title
Studies in Computational Intelligence
Series Volume
504
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-39295-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-39295-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-39294-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43598-0
Series ISSN
1860-949X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 173
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