A Common Protocol for Agent-Based Social Simulation

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 9, 2006

16 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2006

See all articles by Matteo G. Richiardi

Matteo G. Richiardi

LABOR - Collegio Carlo Alberto

Roberto Leombruni

LABORatorio R. Revelli - Centre for Employment Studies

Nicole J. Saam

University of Erfurt

Michele Sonnessa

University of Torino

Abstract

Traditional (i.e. analytical) modelling practices in the social sciences rely on a very well established, although implicit, methodological protocol, both with respect to the way models are presented and to the kinds of analysis that are performed. Unfortunately, computer-simulated models often lack such a reference to an accepted methodological standard. This is one of the main reasons for the scepticism among mainstream social scientists that results in low acceptance of papers with agent-based methodology in the top journals. We identify some methodological pitfalls that, according to us, are common in papers employing agent-based simulations, and propose appropriate solutions. We discuss each issue with reference to a general characterization of dynamic micro models, which encompasses both analytical and simulation models. In the way, we also clarify some confusing terminology. We then propose a three-stage process that could lead to the establishment of methodological standards in social and economic simulations.

Keywords: Agent-based, simulations, methodology, calibration, validation

Suggested Citation

Richiardi, Matteo Guido and Leombruni, Roberto and Saam, Nicole J. and Sonnessa, Michele, A Common Protocol for Agent-Based Social Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 9, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=931875

Matteo Guido Richiardi (Contact Author)

LABOR - Collegio Carlo Alberto ( email )

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Roberto Leombruni

LABORatorio R. Revelli - Centre for Employment Studies ( email )

Via Real Collegio 30
10024 Moncalieri
Italy

Nicole J. Saam

University of Erfurt ( email )

Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences
Nordhäuser Str. 63
D-99089 Erfurt
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/esf

Michele Sonnessa

University of Torino ( email )

Via Principe Amedeo, 34
10123 Torino
Italy

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