Monthly Archives: September 2023

The Qual2Rule papers at Social Simulation 2023 are all freely available

Click on the links below to download the pdfs of the papers presented at the special session on Qual2Rule at the Social Simulation conference in Glasgow.

  • Melania Borit, Christopher Frantz and Ruth Meyer Methods for using qualitative data to inform behavioural rules in Agent-Based Modelling: Preliminary results of a Systematic Literature Review SSC2023_paper_23
  • Frithjof Stöppler How abstracts concepts come alive: modelling network path dependence with qualitative data SSC2023_paper_105
  • Nanda Wijermans, Eva Vriens and Giulia Andrighetto Heterogeneous agent decision-making – an empirically informed approach to behavioural types SSC2023_paper_102
  • Lidia Mayangsari, Bhakti S. Onggo and Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos Simple Heuristics as Mental Model for Staple Food Choice: An ABM Exercise SSC2023_paper_86
  • Michelle Alfers and Paola D’Orazio Modeling the Impact of Social and Behavioral Factors on the Spread of Infectious Diseases in a Macro-Financial Agent-Based Model: a Methodological Proposal SSC2023_paper_48
  • Jose Padilla and Erika Frydenlund Referencer: A Collaborative Online Space for Multidisciplinary Modeling SSC2023_paper_96
  • Rajith Vidanaarachchi, Sangeetha Chandrashekeran, Melissa Kennedy, Jason Thompson and Saman Halgamuge Synthesising an ABM Population Representative of an Indigenous Population: Modelling Science Meets Indigenous Knowledge and Lives SSC2023_paper_110

Martin Neumann’s New book on Qual2Rule!

New book describes using qualitative interviews to inform the design of simulations in criminology – mostly Martin Neumann and Ulf Lotzman’s work.

Publisher’s page for the book:


Using the investigation of criminal culture as an example application, this edited volume presents a novel approach to agent-based simulation: interpretive agent-based social simulation as a methodological and transdisciplinary approach to examining the potential of qualitative data and methods for agent-based modelling (ABM).

Featuring updated articles as well as original chapters which provide a cohesive and novel approach to the digital humanities, the book challenges the common conviction that hermeneutics and simulation are two mutually exclusive ways to understand and explain human behaviour and social change. Exploring how methodology benefits from taking cultural complexities into account and bringing these methods together in an innovative combination of qualitative-hermeneutic and digital techniques, the book unites experts in the field to connect ABM to narrative theories, thereby providing a novel tool for cultural studies.

An innovative methodological contribution to narrative theory, this volume will be of primary benefit to researchers, scholars, and academics in the fields of ABM, hermeneutics, and criminology. The book will also appeal to those working in policing, security, and forensic consultation.


chapter 1|13 pages


An interpretive account of an agent-based social simulation

By Martin Neumann

chapter 2|21 pages

Epistemological foundations

By Petra Ahrweiler, Martin Neumann

chapter 3|24 pages

The use of ethnographic social simulation for crime research*

From the field to the model

By Vanessa Dirksen, Martin Neumann, Ulf Lotzmann

chapter 4|23 pages

A framework for simulation in interpretive research*

Growing criminal culture

By Martin Neumann, Ulf Lotzmann

chapter 5|19 pages

Analysis of the breakdown of a criminal network*

Criminal collapse

By Martin Neumann, Ulf Lotzmann

chapter 6|29 pages

A simulation model of intra-organizational conflict regulation in the crime world*

By Ulf Lotzmann, Martin Neumann

chapter 7|23 pages

Hermeneutics of social simulations*

On the interpretation of digitally generated narratives

By Sascha Dickel, Martin Neumann

chapter 8|17 pages

Transdisciplinary reflections

Science in context

By Martin Neumann, Cornelis van Putten

chapter 9|19 pages

On the construction of plausible futures in interpretive agent-based modelling

By Martin Neumann, Vanessa Dirksen, Sascha Dickel

chapter 10|11 pages

Outlook on potential further directions

By Martin Neumann, Bruce Edmonds