Author Archives: Melania Borit

Update: Upcoming (and past) Qual2Rule seminars

Upcoming online seminars on using qualitative evidence for agent based modelling (all at 1 PM CET):

  • April 5th – Amineh Ghorbani, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, “Modelling institutions to add social backbone to artificial societies”
  • May 3rd – session in SocSimFesT2022 – Social Simulation Festival 2022
  • June 7th – Igor Nikolic, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, title to be announced
  • July & August – no seminar because of holiday time
  • September 6th – Jakub Bijak et al, University of Southampton, UK, “Capturing the complexity of human migration: Towards an interdisciplinary model-building process” (rescheduled from February).

If you want to attend this seminar series, sent an email to Melania Borit.

Past seminars:

2022

2021

Welcome to the Qual2Rule Seminars!

Our SIG is happy to announce the Qual2Rule Seminars – A Series of Seminars on Experiences of Using Qualitative Data and Methods in Social Simulation! The seminars will take place the first Tuesday of every month, from 13:00 CET. Each session will be divided in three parts. In the first part, the invited speakers will talk about their research in general. In a second part, they will go into the methodological details of using qualitative data and methods in their modelling practices. The third part will focus on stories related to the modelling process; this would be more about the personal experiences of modeling, challenges when interacting with colleagues, managing the participation of informants, publishing the research etc. 

This is the schedule for 2021:

  • October 5th @13.00 via Zoom – LeRon Shults, Agder University, Norway
  • November 2nd @ 13.00 via Zoom – Patrycja Antosz, NORCE, Norway
  • December 7th @ 13.00 via Zoom – Sara Mehryar, London School of Economics, UK

If you want to join any of these seminars, please fill in this registration form:

https://forms.gle/cUmAwNiAGM8GZcrF8.

Special Track at the Social Simulation Conference (SSC), 20-24.09.2021, Cracow, Poland

The following papers are accepted for presentation during the Social Simulation Conference 2021, Cracow (in the order they will be presented on Thursday 23.09, 09:00-11:00 CEST):

Other events at SSC2021 organised by the Qual2Rule SIG:

  • Roundtable “Integrating Evidence Using Agent-Based Modelling”, Tuesday 21.09, 17:30-19:00 CEST
  • Roundtable “Increasing Rigour of ABM”, Thursday 23.09, 19:15-21:15 CEST

If you want to join any of these events, please register for the SSC2021 here.

Cancellation notice: 3rd Workshop Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence using Social Simulation, 28-29 May 2020, Southampton, UK

Due to the measures put in place to handle the COVID-19 situation, we are sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel the 3rd Workshop Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Evidence using Social Simulation, 28-29 May 2020, Southampton, UK (announced below). The event will be rescheduled as soon as the situation allows it. We are sorry for any inconvenience this cancellation might cause.

Qual2Rule: Surveying the Use of Qualitative Data in Agent-based Models

Agent-based models thrive in part due to the consideration of diverse information sources (e.g., theory and data) in the modelling process. However, practices for integrating data in agent-based models are diverse and depend on the disciplinary background that informs the nature of the collected data. A large number of models thus rely on qualitative data, in addition or as an alternative to quantitative input. As part of the ESSA Special Interest Group Qual2Rule, we aim to develop a better understanding of the current approaches for the inclusion of *qualitative data* undertaken within the community. We thus invite the agent-based modelling community (understood here in a loose sense) to offer some insight into their practices as part of an anonymous survey linked below, the results of which we are planning to discuss as part of this year’s Social Simulation Conference (SSC 2020) in Milan (http://ssc2020.behavelab.org/).


Note that the used survey tool is GDPR compliant, but may occasionally show some ads above or below the questionnaire items. We apologise for this inconvenience in advance.


Link to the survey: https://eSurv.org?u=qual2abm

In case of any questions or comments regarding this survey, please contact, Christopher Frantz (christopher.frantz@ntnu.no).

SSC2017 CfP: two special sessions – “Qual2Rule” and “Modelling social science aspects of fisheries”

Everybody is invited to submit a paper for two special sessions at the 2017 Social Simulation Conference (SSC): SIG Qual2Rule – Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules and Modelling Social Science Aspects of Fisheries. The conference will take place in the period 25-29 September in Dublin, Ireland and the current deadline for full papers, extended abstracts and posters is set to April 16th.

Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules

Session chairs:
Melania Borit, University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Bruce Edmonds, Centre for Policy Modelling, MMU, UK

Many academics consider qualitative evidence (e.g. texts gained from transcribing someone talking or observations of people) and quantitative evidence to be incommensurable. However agent-based simulations are a possible vehicle for bridging this gap. Narrative textual evidence often gives clues as to the in-context behavior of individuals and is thus a natural source for behaviors to inform the specification of corresponding agent behavior within simulations. They will not give a complete picture of this, but they will provide some of “menu” of behaviors that people use. During this session we hope to further understanding of how to do this better. It is open to all approaches that seek to move from qualitative evidence towards a simulation in a systematic way. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Approaches based in Grounded Theory.
* Tools for facilitating such a process.
* Participatory processes that result in a simulation.
* Frameworks for aiding the analysis of text into rules.
* Elicitation techniques that would aid the capture of information in an appropriate structure. * Models and ideas from psychology to aid in the above process.
* Insights and tools from Natural Language Processing that may help this process.
* Agent architectures that will facilitate the programming of agents from such analyses.
* Philosophical or Sociological critiques of this project, pointing out assumptions and dangers.
* Examples of where this approach has been tried.

Modelling social science aspects of fisheries

Session chairs:
Melania Borit, University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Samaneh Heidari, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Overall, world fisheries are unsustainable, with almost 90% of stocks being over exploited or fully exploited. Improved and innovative management solutions are required if this critical situation is to be remedied. Since management is about people, not fish, integrating social sciences aspects into the modelling of fisheries as a socio-ecological complex system might be such a new way of thinking about fisheries management. We are interested in solutions that look at fisheries as socio-ecological complex systems, with a focus on the social behavior components of the system. Submissions focusing on any aspects of fisheries management are welcome, including (but not restricted to): social norms and self-organization of fishers, applications of Ostrom´s work on managing social commons, compliance with rules under changing management regimes, culture and trust, simulations that combine complex representations of society and complex ecological models, simulations as public educational tools, participatory simulations of fisheries. This session is a SAF21 initiative.

SSC2016 CfP: two special sessions – “Qual2Rule” and “Modelling social science aspects of fisheries”

Everybody is invited to submit a paper for two special sessions at the 2016 Social Simulation Conference (SSC): SIG Qual2Rule – Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules and Modelling Social Science Aspects of Fisheries. The conference will take place in the period 19-23 September in Rome, Italy and the current deadline for full papers, extended abstracts and posters is set to April 4th.

Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules

Session chairs:
Melania Borit, University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Roman Seidl, Institute for Environmental Decisions, Switzerland

Many academics consider qualitative evidence (e.g. texts gained from transcribing someone talking or observations of people) and quantitative evidence to be incommensurable.  However agent-based simulations are a possible vehicle for bridging this gap.  Narrative textual evidence often gives clues as to the in-context behavior of individuals and is thus a natural source for behaviors to inform the specification of corresponding agent behavior within simulations.  They will not give a complete picture of this, but they will provide some of “menu” of behaviors that people use. During this session we hope to further understanding of how to do this better.  It is open to all approaches that seek to move from qualitative evidence towards a simulation in a systematic way.  This includes, but is not limited to:

*  Approaches based in Grounded Theory.
*  Tools for facilitating such a process.
*  Participatory processes that result in a simulation.
*  Frameworks for aiding the analysis of text into rules.
*  Elicitation techniques that would aid the capture of information in an appropriate structure. *  Models and ideas from psychology to aid in the above process.
*  Insights and tools from Natural Language Processing that may help this process.
*  Agent architectures that will facilitate the programming of agents from such analyses.
*  Philosophical or Sociological critiques of this project, pointing out assumptions and dangers.
*  Examples of where this approach has been tried.

Modelling social science aspects of fisheries

Session chairs:
Melania Borit, University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Cezara Pastrav, Matis, Iceland

Overall, world fisheries are unsustainable, with almost 90% of stocks being over exploited or fully exploited. Improved and innovative management solutions are required if this critical situation is to be remedied. Since management is about people, not fish, integrating social sciences aspects into the modelling of fisheries as a socio-ecological complex system might be such a new way of thinking about fisheries management. We are interested in solutions that look at fisheries as socio-ecological complex systems, with a focus on the social behavior components of the system. Submissions focusing on any aspects of fisheries management are welcome, including (but not restricted to): social norms and self-organization of fishers, applications of Ostrom´s work on managing social commons, compliance with rules under changing management regimes, culture and trust, simulations that combine complex representations of society and complex ecological models, simulations as public educational tools, participatory simulations of fisheries. This session is a SAF21 initiative.