Growing Artificial Societies: CD-ROM + book

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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." -- Robert Axelrod, University of Michigan

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Overview

"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." -- Robert Axelrod, University of Michigan

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, named Sugarscape, 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. Growing Artificial Societies is also available on CD-ROM, which includes about 50 animations that develop the scenarios described in the text. Copublished with the Brookings Institution

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262550260
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Series: Complex Adaptive Systems Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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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