- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on agent-based computational (ABC) modeling of social interaction. It begins with an overview of ABC modeling as a computational implementation of ‘methodological individualism’, the search for the microfoundations of social life in the actions of intentional agents. It then considers how the ABC method differs from an earlier generation of modeling approaches, including game theory, equation-based models of computer simulation (such as system dynamics), and multivariate linear models. It also discusses potential weaknesses of ABC modeling and proposes research strategies to address them. The article suggests that ABC modeling will lead to significant advances in the bottom-up approach to the study of social dynamics.
Michael Macy is Goldwin-Smith Professor of Sociology at Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. Macy pioneered the use of agent-based models in sociology to explore the effects of heterogeneity, bounded rationality, and network structure on the dynamics and stability of social systems. He is currently principal investigator for an NSF-supported team of social, information, and computer scientists who are building tools that will make the Internet archive accessible for research on social and information networks.
Andreas Flache is Professor of Sociology at the University of Groningen and member of the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). He received his Ph.D. in social and behavioral sciences from the University of Groningen. His general research interest concerns cooperation, social integration, and solidarity and how they are related to the structure and emergence of social networks.
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