A software architecture for mechanism-based social systems modelling in agent-based simulation models

Vu, T. M., Probst, C., Nielsen, A., Bai, H., Meier, P. S. , Buckley, C., Strong, M., Brennan, A. and Purshouse, R. C. (2020) A software architecture for mechanism-based social systems modelling in agent-based simulation models. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 23(3), 1. (doi: 10.18564/jasss.4282) (PMID:33335448) (PMCID:PMC7743915)

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Abstract

This paper introduces the MBSSM (Mechanism-Based Social Systems Modelling) software architecture that is designed for expressing mechanisms of social theories with individual behaviour components in a unified way and implementing these mechanisms in an agent-based simulation model. The MBSSM architecture is based on a middle-range theory approach most recently expounded by analytical sociology and is designed in the object-oriented programming paradigm with Unified Modelling Language diagrams. This paper presents two worked examples of using the architecture for modelling individual behaviour mechanisms that give rise to the dynamics of population-level alcohol use: a single-theory model of norm theory and a multi-theory model that combines norm theory with role theory. The MBSSM architecture provides a computational environment within which theories based on social mechanisms can be represented, compared, and integrated. The architecture plays a fundamental enabling role within a wider simulation model-based framework of abductive reasoning in which families of theories are tested for their ability to explain concrete social phenomena.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Research reported in this publicationwas supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health [Award Number R01AA024443].
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meier, Professor Petra
Authors: Vu, T. M., Probst, C., Nielsen, A., Bai, H., Meier, P. S., Buckley, C., Strong, M., Brennan, A., and Purshouse, R. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
Publisher:SIMSOC Consortium
ISSN:1460-7425
ISSN (Online):1460-7425

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