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Agent-based Modelling for the Social Scientist: 4 - 6 February 2019



Agent-based Modelling for the Social Scientist

4th - 6th February 2019, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK



Simulating social interactions in virtual research labs using agent-based modelling is increasingly allowing researchers to gain new insights into the complex ways that individuals and societies function.

This 3-Day course, provided by the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, will cover the process of agent-based modelling, from conceptualising a research question, where to obtain data, operationalisation and formalisation of data, model implementation, and model analysis and interpretation. In addition to the theoretical content, you will learn NetLogo as a programming language for agent-based models. On the basis of a detailed model of a social phenomenon (protective behaviour when faced with an epidemic) that is developed step-by-step in lab sessions, the major features of programming in NetLogo are learned through practical application. Through this guided implementation you will acquire basic to intermediate programming skills in NetLogo as well as engaging with the step-by-step development of a model.