Understanding Complex Systems

Simulating Social Complexity

A Handbook

Editors: Edmonds, Bruce, Meyer, Ruth (Eds.)

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  • Suitable for graduate-level self-study and as ancillary reading for courses on computational social science
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Edmonds, Bruce (et al.)

    Pages 3-12

  • Historical Introduction

    Troitzsch, Klaus G.

    Pages 13-22

  • Types of Simulation

    Davidsson, Paul (et al.)

    Pages 23-37

  • Different Modelling Purposes

    Edmonds, Bruce

    Pages 39-58

  • Informal Approaches to Developing Simulation Models

    Norling, Emma (et al.)

    Pages 61-79

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eBook $259.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Simulating Social Complexity
Book Subtitle
A Handbook
Editors
  • Bruce Edmonds
  • Ruth Meyer
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66948-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66948-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66947-2
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
VII, 838
Number of Illustrations and Tables
53 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
Topics