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CfP – EXTENDED DEADLINE – Special track – Qual2Rule: Using qualitative data in agent-based models @ Social Simulation Conference 2023

If you are working with qualitative data and agent-based modelling, please consider submitting your research (poster, extended abstract, short paper, long paper) to the special track “Using qualitative data to inform behavioural rules in agent-based models”, which is described below the signature and is to be organized during the Social Simulation Conference 2023, 4-8 September, Glasgow, UK. 

Important dates:

* Submission Deadline: 28 April 2023  12 May
* Notification of Acceptance: 16 June 2023
* Final Version Submission: 09 July 2023 
* Conference: 4-8th September 2023, Glasgow

Many academics consider qualitative evidence (e.g. texts gained from transcribing oral data 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. The texts will not give a complete picture, but will provide some of “menu” of behaviors people use. During this session we hope to further the understanding of how to improve this. We are particularly interested in accounts of the procedures or structures people used to bridge between qualitative and formal realms based in reported modelling experiences. Thus, those interested to present their work in this session have to make sure that their submission explicitly addresses the use of qualitative data in their modelling endeavour. The session is open to all approaches that seek to move from qualitative evidence towards a simulation in a systematic way. These include, but are 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, pointing out assumptions and dangers.
* Examples of where this approach has been tried.  

Sage Research Methods: Agent-Based Modelling as a Different “Lens” on Mixed Methods: A Case Study of Residential Mobility

Edmund Chattoe-Brown, PhD, lecturer, University of Leicester, discusses a case study of residential mobility to illustrate agent-based modelling in mixed methods, including challenges with mixed methods research, the Schelling model, where to begin, practical strategies for, and the applicability of agent-based modelling.