Usefulness of Simulating Social Phenomena

CPM Report No.: 09-202
By: Pablo Lucas

Lucas, Pablo; Usefulness of Simulating Social Phenomena, AISB 09 Symposium: Killer robots or friendly fridges: the social understanding of Artificial Intelligence, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2009.

Date: March 16th  2009

This paper discusses the current usefulness and
implications of developing research on agent-based Simulation
Models of Social Phenomena (SMSP) beyond purely academic,
hobbyist or educational purposes. Design, development and
testing phases are discussed along with issues evidence-driven
modellers often face whilst collecting, analysing and translating
quantitative and qualitative empirical data into social simulation
models. Methodological recommendations are discussed in light
of the importance of developing research besides its own theory.

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