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A Context- and Scope-Sensitive Analysis of Narrative Data to Aid the Specification of Agent Behaviour
By: Bruce Edmonds, Volume 18 (1)
Abstract: A structure for analysing narrative data is suggested, one that distinguishes three parts in sequence: context (a heuristic to identify what knowledge is relevant given a kind of situation), scope (what is possible within that situation) and narrative elements (the detailed conditional and sequential structure of actions and events given the context and scope). This structure is first motivated and then illustrated with some simple examples taken from Sukaina Bhawani’s thesis (Bhawani 2004). It is suggested that such a structure might be helpful in preserving more of the natural meaning of ...

Using Qualitative Evidence to Inform the Specification of Agent-Based Models
By: Bruce Edmonds, Volume 18 (1)
Abstract: This is an introduction to the special section of JASSS on the above topic. It argues for the importance of qualitative evidence in social science, and particularly in the specification of agent-based models. It ends by suggesting some criteria for judging methods for using qualitative evidence for this purpose. ...

Evidence Based and Conceptual Model Driven Approach for Agent-Based Policy Modelling
By: Sabrina Scherer, Maria Wimmer, Ulf Lotzmann, Scott Moss, Daniele Pinotti, Volume 18 (3)
Abstract: Agent-based policy modelling is an application of agent-based social simulation. In this contribution it is applied to strategic policy making in the public sector. Open government principles relevant in this domain demand solutions that trace the origins of modelling decisions from narrative texts (background documents and stakeholder scenarios) through the whole policy modelling process up to the simulation results. With the help of such traces, decisions made on the basis of such simulation results are more transparent and comprehensible. This paper presents a conceptual model-driven approa ...

A Simulation Model of the Radicalisation Process Based on the IVEE Theoretical Framework
By: Rosemary Pepys, Robert Bowles, Noémie Bouhana, Volume 23 (3)
Abstract: This paper presents a simulation model describing the radicalisation process. The radicalisation process is a complex human socio-environmental process which has been of much academic interest for the past two decades. Despite this it is still poorly understood and is an extremely difficult area for social scientists to research. It is a subject which suffers from a lack of available data, making the construction of an effective simulation model particularly challenging. In order to construct the simulation in this paper we rely on a theoretical framework which was originally developed as a me ...