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International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2006)

Using Agent-Based Modeling to Traverse Frameworks in Theories of the Social

Matthew Francisco
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mark Goldberg
Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Malik Magdon-Ismail
Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

William Wallace
Decision Support and Engineering Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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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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