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AN INTRODUCTION TO AGENT BASED MODELLING AND SIMULATION OF SOCIAL PROCESSES

Keywords: agent-based models , social simulation , complexity , complex adaptive systems

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The paper provides an introduction to agent-based modelling and simulation of social processes. Reader is introduced to the worldview underlying agent-based models, some basic terminology, basic properties of agent-based models, as well as to what one can and what cannot expect from such models, particularly when they are applied to social-scientific investigation. Special attention is given to the issues of validation.

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