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Mechanistic models in computational social science
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8642-6624
Number of Authors: 22015 (English)In: Frontiers in Physics, E-ISSN 2296-424X, Vol. 3, article id 78Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Quantitative social science is not only about regression analysis or, in general, data inference. Computer simulations of social mechanisms have an over 60 years long history. They have been used for many different purposes to test scenarios, to test the consistency of descriptive theories (proof-of-concept models), to explore emergent phenomena, for forecasting, etc... In this essay, we sketch these historical developments, the role of mechanistic models in the social sciences and the influences from the natural and formal sciences. We argue that mechanistic computational models form a natural common ground for social and natural sciences, and look forward to possible future information flow across the social-natural divide.

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2015. Vol. 3, article id 78
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computational social science, mechanistic models, simulation, complex systems, interdisciplinary science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176184DOI: 10.3389/fphy.2015.00078ISI: 000387408900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176184DiVA, id: diva2:1375607
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved

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