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Getting away from numbers: Using qualitative observation for agent-based modeling

Yang, L and Gilbert, N (2008) Getting away from numbers: Using qualitative observation for agent-based modeling Advances in Complex Systems, 11 (2). 175 - 185. ISSN 0219-5259

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Abstract

Although in many social sciences there is a radical division between studies based on quantitative (e.g.statistical) and qualitative (e.g.ethnographic) methodologies and their associated epistemological commitments, agent-based simulation fits into neither camp, and should be capable of modelling both quantitative and qualitative data. Nevertheless, most agent-based models (ABMs) are founded on quantitative data. This paper explores some of the methodological and practical problems involved in basing an ABM on participant observation and proposes some advice for modellers.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology > Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1588

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