## Tools and techniques for social science simulationThis book provides an overview of social science simulation as a tool for modelling & theory building. It is shown how simulation may be applied to the analysis of social & economic problems using techniques such as multi-agent simulation, cellular automata & multi-level modelling. Particular attention is paid to the sensitivity analysis of model parameters. The book also describes the architecture & user interfaces of several simulation tools. The book is based on an international conference that brought together social scientists & computer scientists engaged in a wide range of simulation approaches. It represents a report on the state of the art in social science simulation. |

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### Contents

Towards a Simulation Toolkit | 3 |

Simulating the Role of Nonliniarity and Discreteness | 11 |

Questions in the Methodology of Artificial Societies | 17 |

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