Discovery of Family Tradition with Inverse Simulation

  • Setsuya Kurahashi
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series on Agent Based Social Systems book series (ABSS, volume 6)


In this study, we investigate what would happen in a Chinese historical family line. We analyzed a particular family line, which had so many successful candidates, who passed the very tough examinations of Chinese government officials over 500 years long. First, we studied the genealogical records ‘Zokufu’ in China. Second, based on the study, we implemented an agent-based model with the family line network as an adjacency matrix, the personal profile data as an attribution matrix. Third, using “inverse simulation” technique, we optimized the agent-based model in order to fit the simulation profiles to the real profile data. From the intensive experiments, we have found that both grandfather and mother have a profound impact within a family to 1) transmit cultural capital to children, and 2) maintain the system of the norm system of the family. We conclude that advanced agent-based models are able to contribute to discover new knowledge in the fields of historical sciences.


Adjacency Matrix Cultural Capital Family Tree Historical Science Family Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Setsuya Kurahashi
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Systems ManagementUniversity of Tsukuba, OtsukaBunkyo, TokyoJapan

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