Social Simulation

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Abstract

Simulation is a particular type of modeling. In simulation the behavior of one system is studied to make inferences about the behavior of another system. Computer simulations can be classified as equation‐based and agent‐based simulations. In agent‐based simulations macro‐dynamics are emergent products of local individual interactions. Agent‐based simulations are very flexible with respect to the characteristics of the agents. Instead of assuming the hyper‐rational and all‐knowing agents of economic theory, the modeler can decide the cognitive architecture of the agents. The agents in agent‐based simulations are autonomous, interdependent, and heterogeneous, which makes it possible to model how macro social patterns are created and maintained as the intended and unintended outcomes of individual actions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, 1
EditorsBryan S Turner
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Publication date4 Dec 2017
ISBN (Print)9781118430866
ISBN (Electronic)9781118430873
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017
MoE publication typeB2 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • 5141 Sociology

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Ylikoski, P. K. (2017). Social Simulation. In B. S. Turner (Ed.), The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, 1 Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118430873.est0759
Ylikoski, Petri Kullervo. / Social Simulation. The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, 1. editor / Bryan S Turner. Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
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