Our special issue in Historical Social Research on Agent-based Modeling in Social Science, History, and Philosphy has just been released. Many thanks to my Co-Editors Dominik Klein and Kai Fischbach.
Agent-based modeling has become a common and well-established tool in the social sciences and certain of the humanities. Here, we aim to provide an overview of the different modeling approaches in current use. Our discussion unfolds in two parts: we first classify different aspects of the model-building process and identify a number of characteristics shared by most agent-based models in the humanities and social sciences; then we map relevant differences between the various modeling approaches. We classify these into different dimensions including the type of target systems addressed, the intended modeling goals, and the models’ degree of abstraction. Along the way, we provide reference to related debates in contemporary philosophy of science.
Here, you can find the abstracts of the included articles.