Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling (Princeton Studies in Complexity)

Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling (Princeton Studies in Complexity)

Joshua M. Epstein


Agent-based computational modeling is altering the face of social technology. In Generative Social Science, Joshua Epstein argues that this robust, novel procedure allows the social sciences to satisfy a essentially new common of rationalization, within which one "grows" the phenomenon of curiosity in a man-made society of interacting brokers: heterogeneous, boundedly rational actors, represented as mathematical or software program gadgets. After elaborating this proposal of generative clarification in a couple of overarching foundational chapters, Epstein illustrates it with examples selected from such far-flung fields as archaeology, civil clash, the evolution of norms, epidemiology, retirement economics, spatial video games, and organizational variation. In dependent bankruptcy preludes, he explains how those commonly different modeling reviews help his sweeping case for generative explanation.

This publication represents a strong consolidation of Epstein's interdisciplinary study actions within the decade because the book of his and Robert Axtell's landmark quantity, Growing synthetic Societies. fantastically illustrated, Generative Social Science incorporates a CD that comprises lively video clips of center version runs, and courses permitting clients to simply swap assumptions and discover types, making it a useful textual content for classes in modeling in any respect levels.

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