Simulation for the social scientist

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Open University Press, 2005 - Science - 295 pages
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An invaluable guide to thecomplex and increasinglyvital study of socialsimulation

This is a revised, completely updated editionof the practical textbook that examines thetechniques of building computer simulationsto assist understanding of social and economicissues and problems. Interest in socialsimulation has been growing rapidly worldwideas a result of increasingly powerfulhardware capabilities and software programs.The focus on this area of expertiseis also influenced by a rising interest in theapplication of ideas of complexity, evolution,adaptation, and chaos in the socialsciences.

This authoritative book details all of thecommon approaches to social simulation, toprovide social scientists with an appreciationof the literature and allow those with someprogramming skills to create their ownsimulations. New for this edition are achapter on how to use simulation as a tool,as well as a chapter on multi-agent systemsto explain why and how multi-agent modelinghas become the preferred approach tosimulation.

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Contents

Simulation as a method
15
System dynamics and world models
28
Microanalytical simulation models
57
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About the author (2005)

Nigel Gilbert (United Kingdom) is a member of the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey.

Dr. Klaus G. Troitzsch (Germany) is based at the Universitat Koblenz-Landau.

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