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By Flaminio Squazzoni

Most of the fascinating social phenomena of our time, similar to overseas terrorism, social inequality, and concrete ethnic segregation, are outcomes of advanced varieties of agent interplay which are tricky to watch methodically and experimentally. This publication seems at a brand new study flow that uses complex desktop simulation modelling thoughts to highlight agent interplay that permits us to give an explanation for the emergence of social styles. It offers a style to pursue analytical sociology investigations that examine correct social mechanisms in numerous empirical events, equivalent to markets, city towns, and organisations. 

This book:

  • Provides a complete advent to epistemological, theoretical and methodological good points of agent-based modelling in sociology via quite a few discussions and examples.
  • Presents the professionals and cons of utilizing agent-based versions in sociology.
  • Explores agent-based versions in combining quantitative and qualitative points, and micro- and macro degrees of analysis.
  • Looks at find out how to pose an agent-based study query, selecting the version development blocks, and the way to validate simulation results.
  • Features examples of agent-based versions that examine an important sociology issues.
  • Supported by means of an accompanying web site that includes info units and code for the versions integrated within the book.


Agent-Based Computational Sociology is written in a standard sociological language and contours examples of types that examine the entire conventional explanatory demanding situations of sociology. Researchers and graduate scholars inquisitive about the sphere of agent-based modelling and laptop simulation in parts reminiscent of social sciences, cognitive sciences and machine sciences will reap the benefits of this book.

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