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 strategy allows the social sciences to satisfy a essentially new general of clarification, during which one "grows" the phenomenon of curiosity in a synthetic society of interacting brokers: heterogeneous, boundedly rational actors, represented as mathematical or software program gadgets. After elaborating this inspiration of generative rationalization 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 based bankruptcy preludes, he explains how those broadly various modeling experiences help his sweeping case for generative explanation.

This booklet represents a strong consolidation of Epstein's interdisciplinary learn actions within the decade because the booklet of his and Robert Axtell's landmark quantity, Growing man made Societies. fantastically illustrated, Generative Social Science features a CD that includes lively videos of center version runs, and courses permitting clients to simply swap assumptions and discover versions, making it a useful textual content for classes in modeling in any respect levels.

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