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Social simulations

Course code:INFOMSOSI
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 4 (week 17 through 26, i.e., 22-4-2019 through 28-6-2019; retake week 28)
Participants:up till now 1 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
lecture   Tue 9.00-10.4517-26 BOL-1.022 Frank Dignum
Thu 15.15-17.0017-21 BBG-223
23-26 BBG-223
tutorial          Samaneh Heidari
Contents:Social Simulation is becoming an important way to gain insights in human behaviour as part of society. In social simulation we are especially interested in emerging phenomena based on the (simple) interactions between individuals. In this course we will explore social dynamics through computer simulations. Working under the assumption that societies are instances of complex adaptive systems, we will make use of agent based simulation tools to study how collective outcomes arise from local interactions. We will investigate both the practical as well as the philosophical principles of social simulation. At the end of the course the student will be able to model agent based simulations for real-world situations. She can analyse the results of the simulations and knows how to validate the models based on existing data.
Literature:T. Schelling, Micromotives and Macrobehavior. Nigel Gilbert. Klaus G. Troitzsch. Simulation for the Social Scientist. Links to other articles and resources will be distributed during the course.
Course form:The course consists of lectures, practical work on some small individual projects and larger project with a team of students and (limited) presentations with discussions.
Exam form:The evaluation will be done based on a weighted average of the projects.
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:Only when all projects have been submitted and an overall final mark of 5 or more has been obtained an additional assignment can be performed to pass the course.
Description:see above