Tools and Techniques for Social Science Simulation

Editors: Suleiman, Ramzi, Troitzsch, Klaus G., Gilbert, Nigel (Eds.)

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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.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tools and Techniques for Social Science Simulation
Editors
  • Ramzi Suleiman
  • Klaus G. Troitzsch
  • Nigel Gilbert
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-51744-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-51744-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-1265-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 387
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