Exploring and Testing Theories: On the Role of Parameter Optimization in Social Science Computer Simulation

  • Georg Müller
Conference paper


Some years ago Robert A. Hanneman has published a book which has the “immodest goal of reorienting how many social scientists go about building and working with theories” [Hanneman 1988, p. 9]. One of the principal messages of the book is the use of computer simulation as a method for constructing new theories.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Müller
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  1. 1.Chaire de Travail SocialUniversité de FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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