Capturing Social Embeddedness: a constructivist approach

CPM Report No.: 98-34
By: Bruce Edmonds
Date: May 1998

Published as: Edmonds, B. (1999). Capturing Social Embeddedness: a constructivist approach. Adaptive Behavior, 7:323-348.


A constructivist approach is applied to characterising social embeddedness and to the design of a simulation of social agents which displays the social embedding of agents. Social embeddedness is defined as the extent to which modelling the behaviour of an agent requires the inclusion of the society of agents as a whole. Possible effects of social embedding and ways to check for it are discussed briefly. A model of co-developing agents is exhibited, which is an extension of Brian Arthur's `El Farol Bar' model, but extended to include learning based upon a GP algorithm and the introduction of communication. Some indicators of social embedding are analysed and some possible causes of social embedding are discussed.

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