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Abstract

Computational simulation is used in a variety of scientific fields (e. g., biology, chemistry, physics). Unfortunately, simulation in the social sciences exists at the margin of scientific research. This situation is changing gradually. Social science simulation frequently piggybacks on the emerging science of complexity (Bruderer & Maiers, 1997) and with it reaches a wider audience. The remainder of this chapter presents a formal definition of computational simulation, introduces social science simulation as a specific form of scientific inquiry, and finally discusses its purposes and limitations.

Keywords

Travel Salesman Problem Social Science Research Computational Simulation Complex Adaptive System Reactive Agent 
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© Gabler | GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2008

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