Social Simulation for a Digital Society

Applications and Innovations in Computational Social Science

  • Diane Payne
  • Johan A. Elkink
  • Nial Friel
  • Thomas U. Grund
  • Tamara Hochstrasser
  • Pablo Lucas
  • Adrian Ottewill
Book SSC 2017

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Diane Payne, Johan A. Elkink, Thomas U. Grund
    Pages 1-4
  3. Philosophical and Technical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Jonathan Thaler, Peer-Olaf Siebers
      Pages 21-36
    3. Patrick Taillandier, Mathieu Bourgais, Alexis Drogoul, Laurent Vercouter
      Pages 37-47
  4. Applications to Norm Diffusion and Collective Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Christopher K. Frantz, Amineh Ghorbani
      Pages 77-89
    3. Oswaldo Terán, Christophe Sibertin-Blanc, Ravi Rojas, Liccia Romero
      Pages 91-108
  5. Applications in Geography and Urban Development

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-218

About this book


“Social Simulation for a Digital Society” provides a cross-section of state-of-the-art research in social simulation and computational social science. With the availability of big data and faster computing power, the social sciences are undergoing a tremendous transformation. Research in computational social sciences has received considerable attention in the last few years, with advances in a wide range of methodologies and applications. Areas of application of computational methods range from the study of opinion and information dynamics in social networks, the formal modeling of resource use, the study of social conflict and cooperation to the development of cognitive models for social simulation and many more. This volume is based on the Social Simulation Conference of 2017 in Dublin and includes applications from across the social sciences, providing the reader with a demonstration of the highly versatile research in social simulation, with a particular focus on public policy relevance in a digital society.  Chapters in the book include contributions to the methodology of simulation-based research, theoretical and philosophical considerations, as well as applied work. This book will appeal to students and researchers in the field. 


digital society complexity theory public policy applications of social simulation methods of social simulation opinion dynamics simulating human interaction changing mobility patterns Social Simulation Conference dublin 2017

Editors and affiliations

  • Diane Payne
    • 1
  • Johan A. Elkink
    • 2
  • Nial Friel
    • 3
  • Thomas U. Grund
    • 4
  • Tamara Hochstrasser
    • 5
  • Pablo Lucas
    • 6
  • Adrian Ottewill
    • 7
  1. 1.School of Sociology, Geary Institute Dynamics LabUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Politics and International RelationsUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  3. 3.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  4. 4.School of SociologyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  5. 5.School of Biology and Environmental ScienceUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  6. 6.School of Sociology, Geary Institute Dynamics LabUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  7. 7.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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