InterJournal Complex Systems, 1984
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [1984]
Submission Date: 2006
Using Agent-Based Modeling to Traverse Frameworks in Theories of the Social
Author(s): Matthew Francisco ,Mark Goldberg ,Malik Magdon-Ismail ,William Wallace

Subject(s): CX.0

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The historical formation and social positioning of disciplines in the social sciences—and science in general—scaffold the development of methodologies and tools in the social sciences, which further attune analysts to specific dimensions of social reality. With the proliferation of problem-based social science and interdisciplinary knowledge spaces it is becoming increasingly important for researchers to understand the interrelationships between the structures studied by other disciplines and their own view on reality. In this paper we present a social science laboratory called Virtual Simulation and Analysis of Group Evolution (ViSAGE), which was developed to bridge methods and theories in computer science and social science to study the evolution of social groups. We describe the development of ViSAGE into a tool for traversing various levels and dimensions of sociality.

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