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Simulation Modeling in Political Science

American Behavioral Scientist, August 1999, Vol.42(10), pp.1509-1530 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Simulation Modeling in Political Science
  • Author: Johnson, Paul
  • Contributor: Johnson, Paul (correspondence author)
  • Found In: American Behavioral Scientist, August 1999, Vol.42(10), pp.1509-1530 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Models ; Social Theories ; Methodological Problems ; Simulation ; Methodology and Research Technology; Models: Mathematical & Other ; Article
  • Language: English
  • Description: Simulation research has made some notable contributions in political science. This article describes a variety of simulation projects & point out the strengths & weaknesses of simulation in contrast with other methods of research. The strength of simulation research is that it is naturally suited to modeling projects that include a large number of autonomous, interacting agents. Statistical & formal methods of analysis have made contributions in these areas, but there is good reason to believe that simulation can go further. This point is explored in several contexts, including social choice theory, individual-level simulation models, international relations, the prisoner's dilemma game, & more general agent-based models of multiperson interaction. 99 References. Adapted from the source document.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0002-7642

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