Comments please: Capturing Social Embeddedness...

Bruce Edmonds (
Tue, 12 May 1998 15:16:07 +0100

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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 15:16:07 +0100
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Subject: Comments please: Capturing Social Embeddedness...

Dear fellow memeticists,

I would appreciate comment on a new paper I have written. It is not
about memetics per se, but it is relevant to the difference between a
memetics modelling perspecting and an individual perspective.



Capturing Social Embeddedness: a
constructivist approach
Bruce Edmonds


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.

Accessible in several formats at:

Bruce Edmonds,
Centre for Policy Modelling,
Manchester Metropolitan University, Aytoun Bldg.,
Aytoun St., Manchester, M1 3GH. UK.
Tel: +44 161 247 6479 Fax: +44 161 247 6802

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