Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights, and Applications

  • Saikou Y. Diallo
  • Wesley J.  Wildman
  • F. LeRon Shults
  • Andreas Tolk

Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Promises and Limitations of Computer Simulation

  3. Learning from Computer Models, Humanities Scholars, and Simulation Engineers

  4. Applications of Computer Simulation to the Humanities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, David Voas, Wesley J. Wildman, Saikou Y. Diallo, F. LeRon Shults
      Pages 179-190
    3. Erika Frydenlund, Etta C. Jones, Jose J. Padilla
      Pages 191-208
    4. Connor Wood, Richard Sosis
      Pages 209-232
  5. Epilog

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Andreas Tolk
      Pages 235-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-241

About this book


This uniquely inspirational and practical book explores human simulation, which is the application of computational modeling and simulation to research subjects in the humanities disciplines. It delves into the fascinating process of collaboration among experts who usually don’t have much to do with one another – computer engineers and humanities scholars – from the perspective of the humanities scholars. It also explains the process of developing models and simulations in these interdisciplinary teams. 

Each chapter takes the reader on a journey, presenting a specific theory about the human condition, a model of that theory, discussion of its implementation, analysis of its results, and an account of the collaborative experience. Contributing authors with different fields of expertise share how each model was validated, discuss relevant datasets, explain development strategies, and frankly discuss the ups and downs of the process of collaborative development. Readers are given access to the models and will also gain new perspectives from the authors’ findings, experiences, and recommendations. 

Today we are in the early phases of an information revolution, combining access to vast computing resources, large amounts of human data through social media, and an unprecedented richness of methods and tools to capture, analyze, explore, and test hypotheses and theories of all kinds. Thus, this book’s insights will be valuable not only to students and scholars of humanities subjects, but also to the general reader and researchers from other disciplines who are intrigued by the expansion of the information revolution all the way into the humanities departments of modern universities.


Human Simulation Social Simulation Modeling Religion Models of Religion Religion and Science Scientific Study of Religion Modeling in the Humanities Guidelines for Modeling in the Humanities Computer Modeling in the Humanities Future of Humanities and Computation

Editors and affiliations

  • Saikou Y. Diallo
    • 1
  • Wesley J.  Wildman
    • 2
  • F. LeRon Shults
    • 3
  • Andreas Tolk
    • 4
  1. 1.Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation CenterOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Global Development and Social PlanningUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  4. 4.The MITRE CorporationHamptonUSA

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