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Simulating large social networks in agent-based models: A social circle model

Hamill, L and Gilbert, N (2010) Simulating large social networks in agent-based models: A social circle model Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 12 (4). 78 - 94. ISSN 1521-7000

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Abstract

Many social simulations require an underlying model of social networks. However, none of the standard network models fits well with sociological observations of real social networks. Taking the idea of social circles, this paper presents a simple system to create large networks in agent-based models that incorporate key aspects of large social networks such as the differing sizes of personal networks, high clustering, positive assortativity of degree of connectivity, and low density. This social circle model is very flexible and can be used to create a wide variety of artificial social worlds.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology > Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)
Depositing User: Lu Yang
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 16:52
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2709

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