Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Agent-Based Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eric Silverman
      Pages 3-15 Open Access
    3. Eric Silverman
      Pages 17-38 Open Access
    4. Eric Silverman
      Pages 39-59 Open Access
    5. Eric Silverman
      Pages 61-81 Open Access
  3. Modelling Social Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Eric Silverman, John Bryden
      Pages 85-106 Open Access
    3. Eric Silverman
      Pages 107-123 Open Access
    4. Eric Silverman
      Pages 125-144 Open Access
    5. Eric Silverman
      Pages 145-163 Open Access
  4. Case Study: Simulation in Demography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Jakub Bijak, Daniel Courgeau, Robert Franck, Eric Silverman
      Pages 167-187 Open Access
    3. Eric Silverman, Jakub Bijak, Jason Hilton
      Pages 189-210 Open Access
    4. Eric Silverman, Jason Noble, Jason Hilton, Jakub Bijak
      Pages 211-223 Open Access
    5. Eric Silverman
      Pages 225-235 Open Access

About this book


This open access book examines the methodological complications of using complexity science concepts within the social science domain.  The opening chapters take the reader on a tour through the development of simulation methodologies in the fields of artificial life and population biology, then demonstrates the growing popularity and relevance of these methods in the social sciences.  Following an in-depth analysis of the potential impact of these methods on social science and social theory, the text provides substantive examples of the application of agent-based models in the field of demography.  This work offers a unique combination of applied simulation work and substantive, in-depth philosophical analysis, and as such has potential appeal for specialist social scientists, complex systems scientists, and philosophers of science interested in the methodology of simulation and the practice of interdisciplinary computing research.​


Agent-Based Modelling ABM Artificial Intelligence (AI) and A-life Complex systems science Computational social science Social simulation Agent-Based demography Population sciences Population Health Modelling health and social care Model-Based science Model-Based demography Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric Silverman
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences UnitUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

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