Simulating Society: OII MSc Methods Option Course

When do individuals take part in politics? How do serious views endure? Why does racial segregation manifest? This techniques selection study course for the OII MSc in “Social Science of the Online” is made as an introduction to a strategy which pretends to reply some of these uncomplicated and however fundamental social queries: agent primarily based modelling [ABM]. ABM is a strategy which aims to reproduce a offered collective social behaviour (e.g. the emergence of a social motion) via computational simulations of recurrent, repeated interactions in between people with selected dynamic characteristics (e.g. individuals with distinctive views obtaining jointly to examine a political discussion and sooner or later arrive at consensus). It is a strategy with a lengthy heritage in the social sciences, but also a person that is attaining new popularity as rising stores of socially generated big data permit for a lot more practical, validated types. Pupils using the study course will be uncovered to the fundamental theories and concepts at the rear of ABM, as effectively as finding out the essentials of a typically utilised simulation deal (Netlogo) via hands on lab periods.

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