Simulating Society

A Mathematica® Toolkit for Modeling Socioeconomic Behavior

  • Richard J. Gaylord
  • Louis J. D’Andria

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard J. Gaylord, Louis J. D’Andria
      Pages 3-17
  3. Cultural Exchange

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Richard J. Gaylord, Louis J. D’Andria
      Pages 21-45
  4. Socioeconomic Transactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Richard J. Gaylord, Louis J. D’Andria
      Pages 49-75
    3. Richard J. Gaylord, Louis J. D’Andria
      Pages 77-102
  5. Group Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Richard J. Gaylord, Louis J. D’Andria
      Pages 105-125
  6. Nonlocality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Richard J. Gaylord, Louis J. D’Andria
      Pages 129-147
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 149-218

About this book


In "Simulating Scoiety", the authors explore the basis for social and economic behavior. Using the methodology of computer simulation, specifically cellular automata, they model various factors that are involved in a system of individuals (or agents) who interact socially and economically with one another. The usefulness of computer simulations in the social sciences is that it provides a laboratory in which qualitative ideas about social and economic interations can be tested. This brings a new dimension to the social sciences where 'explanations' abound, but are rarely subject to much experimental testing. Mathematica is used as the programming language for implementing these models as cellular automata simulations. The authors have chosen this language because it has a number of features which make it uniquely qualified to be used by social scientists, especially those without expertise in computer programming. Users can easily access the various 3.0 Mathematica notebooks, and readily interact with them, the full text of the printed book, itself, and other data contained on


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Authors and affiliations

  • Richard J. Gaylord
    • 1
  • Louis J. D’Andria
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Wolfram Research, Inc.ChampaignUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-98532-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1726-8
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