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

Yang, L and Gilbert, N (2007) Getting away from numbers: Using qualitative observation for agent-based modeling In: 4th Conference of the European-Social-Simulation-Association, ? - ?, Sociology.

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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 qualitative participant observation and proposes some advice for modelers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Yang, Llu.yang@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Gilbert, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2007
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
publisherWorld Scientific Publ Co Pte Ltd, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : agent-based models qualitative data ethnography
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 14:52
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/815450

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