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Title: Proceedings of the Agent 2002 Conference on Social Agents : Ecology, Exchange, and Evolution

Proceedings of the Agent 2002 Conference on Social Agents : Ecology, Exchange, and Evolution Welcome to the ''Proceedings'' of the third in a series of agent simulation conferences cosponsored by Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago. The theme of this year's conference, ''Social Agents: Ecology, Exchange and Evolution'', was selected to foster the exchange of ideas on some of the most important social processes addressed by agent simulation models, namely: (1) The translation of ecology and ecological constraints into social dynamics; (2) The role of exchange processes, including the peer dependencies they create; and (3) The dynamics by which, and the attractor states toward which, social processes evolve. As stated in the ''Call for Papers'', throughout the social sciences, the simulation of social agents has emerged as an innovative and powerful research methodology. The promise of this approach, however, is accompanied by many challenges. First, modeling complexity in agents, environments, and interactions is non-trivial, and these representations must be explored and assessed systematically. Second, strategies used to represent complexities are differentially applicable to any particular problem space. Finally, to achieve sufficient generality, the design and experimentation inherent in agent simulation must be coupled with social and behavioral theory. Agent 2002 provides a forum for reviewing the current state of agent simulation scholarship, more » including research designed to address such outstanding issues. This year's conference introduces an extensive range of domains, models, and issues--from pre-literacy to future projections, from ecology to oligopolistic markets, and from design to validation. Four invited speakers highlighted major themes emerging from social agent simulation. « less
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OSTI Identifier:833583
Report Number(s):ANL/DIS-03-1
ISBN 0-9679168-3-6; TRN: US200433%%2
DOE Contract Number:W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:Conference
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Resource Relation:Conference: Agent 2002 Conference on Social Agents: Ecology, Exchange, and Evolution, Chicago, IL (US), 10/11/2002--10/12/2002; Other Information: PBD: 10 Apr 2003
Research Org:Argonne National Lab., Argonne, IL (US)
Sponsoring Org:US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; SOCIAL IMPACT; ATTRACTORS; DESIGN; ECOLOGY; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; VALIDATION; MEETINGS