A Classification of Paradigmatic Models for Agent-Based Social Simulation

  • Maria Bruno Marietto
  • Nuno David
  • Jaime Simão Sichman
  • Helder Coelho
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2927)


Given the strong interdisciplinary character of Agent-Based Social Simulation (ABSS), and the difficulties related to ambiguous terminological and methodological assumptions, there is an increasing need to make more explicit the modelling paradigm underlying each research paper or project. In this paper we propose a classification of paradigmatic models in ABSS, which characterise different ontological assumptions and pragmatic criteria with respect to their targets. The classification is composed by different classes of models at different levels of abstraction, in a layered architecture that enables switching among levels. Each class is based on different kinds of assumptions, which possibly call for different logics of scientific research. The present proposal is interesting, since the taxonomy was well validated with researchers in the field. It is a good analytical tool to characterise or compare models according to various criteria, such as methodological, philosophical, or simply pragmatic and usability criteria.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Bruno Marietto
    • 1
  • Nuno David
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jaime Simão Sichman
    • 1
  • Helder Coelho
    • 3
  1. 1.Intelligent Techniques LaboratoryUniversity of São PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Information Science and TechnologyISCTE/DCTILisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsUniversity of LisbonPortugal

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