Epistemological Aspects of Computer Simulation in the Social Sciences

Second International Workshop, EPOS 2006, Brescia, Italy, October 5-6, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers

  • Flaminio Squazzoni

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5466)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 5466)

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About these proceedings

Introduction

This volume collects the revised versions of the invited and selected papers that were presented at the Second EPOS––Epistemological Perspectives on Simulation––Workshop, held in Brescia, Italy, in October 2006. EPOS is a bi-annual cross-disciplinary workshop on simulation originally established by Ulrich Frank and Klaus G. Troitzsch, with a first e- tion held in Koblenz in July 2004. EPOS aims to provide a forum for scholars from various disciplines, such as the social sciences, computer sciences, engineering and natural sciences, who are interested in discussing epistemological aspects of computer simulation across disciplinary boundaries. The common belief behind the workshop is the recognition that the time has come to seriously reflect on epistemological and methodological preconditions, processes and consequences of simulation as a research tool. During the fist edition in Koblenz 2004, a number of interesting topics were ca- fully addressed: the link between theory and simulation models, the empirical vali- tion of agent-based models in the natural and the social sciences, the relation between models and truth, as well as the role of stylized facts in evidence-based models. A good cross-disciplinary atmosphere permeated the workshop, making possible the exchange of knowledge and ideas beyond any disciplinary boundary. The first EPOS proceedings were edited by Ulrich Frank and Klaus G. Troitzsch and published in the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2005.

Keywords

Computer abduction agent communication agent discovery agent-based modeling agent-based simulation algorithms artificial societies calculus complex systems epistemology methodology model a modeling verification

Editors and affiliations

  • Flaminio Squazzoni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-01109-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-01108-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-01109-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-3349
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