CfP: Special Track of ESSA2013 on: "Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules"

Call for Papers:

Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules
a special track of the 9th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA 2013), Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland, September 16-20, 2013

Following the ground-breaking theses of Sukaina Bharwani [1] and Richard Taylor [2] and (more recently) the informal workshop held in Manchester in 2012 [3], this special track seeks research which tries to obtain behavioural rules suitable for programming agents within a simulation from specific narrative data in a more systematic and transparent manner. This would include all aspects of doing this but including: case studies, approaches, applications and tools.

Substantial progress towards enabling the use of such narrative/qualitative evidence to better inform agent-based social simulations has the potential of opening up a new world of evidence to formal modelling approaches. Once constructed simulations can be checked against quantitative evidence. Thus this special track aims at nothing less than the principled integration of qualitative and quantitative approaches through social simulation.

As well as publication though the ESSA 2013 channels, participants will be invited to submit to a special issue of JASSS on the subject whose deadline is a month after ESSA 2013. Presenting during the special track is advised for those intending to submit to this special issue as it will enable the papers/approaches to be thoroughly discussed and improved by others interested in the same area.

If you want to discuss the special track informally, email me, [email protected]

Submission is via the ESSA 2013 site [4], Deadline: 1st March 2013