Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up / Edition 1

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Overview

How do social structures and group behaviors arise from the interaction of individuals? Growing Artificial Societies approaches this question with cutting-edge computer simulation techniques. Fundamental collective behaviors such as group formation, cultural transmission, combat, and trade are seen to "emerge" from the interaction of individual agents following a few simple rules.

In their program, namedSugarscape, Epstein and Axtell begin the development of a "bottom up" social science that is capturing the attention of researchers and commentators alike.

The study is part of the 2050 Project, a joint venture of the Santa Fe Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Brookings Institution. The project is an international effort to identify conditions for a sustainable global system in the next century and to design policies to help achieve such a system.

Copublished with the Brookings Institution

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"Growing Artificial Societies is a milestone in social science research.It vividly demonstrates the potential of agent-based computer simulation tobreak disciplinary boundaries. It does this by analyzing in a unifiedframework the dynamic interactions of such diverse activities as trade,combat, mating, culture, and disease. It is an impressive achievement." Robert Axelrod,University of Michigan
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Growing Artificial Societies is a milestone in social science research. It vividly demonstrates the potential of agent-based computer simulation to break disciplinary boundaries. It does this by analyzing, in a unified framework, the dynamic interactions of such diverse activities as trade, combat, mating, culture, and disease. It is an impressive achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262550253
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/1996
  • Series: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,439,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Axtell was formerly research associate in the Brookings Foreign Policy Studies program.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Life and Death on the Sugarscape 21
III Sex, Culture, and Conflict: The Emergence of History 54
IV Sugar and Spice: Trade Comes to the Sugarscape 94
V Disease Processes 138
VI Conclusions 153
App. A Software Engineering Aspects of Artificial Societies 179
App. B Summary of Rule Notation 182
App. C State-Dependence of the Welfare Function 186
References 190
Index 203
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