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Towards a Modeling Formalism for Conflict Management

  • T. I. Ören
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The article starts with brief reviews of conflict management and limitations of classical Newtonian paradigm in the studies of human-related disciplines. A new modeling formalism and associated simulation formalism for conflict management simulation studies are presented. The modeling formalism is based on multimodels. A multimodel is a modular model where only one module (alternate model) is active at a certain time. Special cases of multimodels are introduced as metamorphic models and multi-aspect models. In a metamorphic model there is a predefined sequence for the alternate models. A multi-aspect model is a special case of a multimodel where the condition of having only one alternate model active at a given time is relaxed; the resulting formalism can be useful in modeling (and simulating) several aspects of an entity simultaneously. Evolutionary models can also be conceived as special cases of multimodels. In a multistage modeling formalism, several aspects of the reality can be formulated by sets of component models. Under emerging conditions, one can add emerging successor models to existing models to explore behavior of alternative system models. In the article, multistage model formalism is suggested as a simulation modeling formalism for sociocybernetics systems in general and for conflict management such as conflict avoidance and conflict resolution in particular.

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Conflict Resolution Finite State Machine Conflict Management Conflict Avoidance State Transition Function 
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