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My experience in social systems modeling and simulation was gained by developing "A Model and Simulation of the Awareness Process within Innovation Diffusion: A Synthesis of Empirical Research" at Syracuse University. This model utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to social science including Sociology, Anthropology and Geography. Other social sciences considered in these pages will include Economics, Political Science and History. I've also implemented "A Public School Enrollment Forecasting Model" in various school districts in Southern California with varying degrees of success. Other projects currently underway include Emergent (emerging) Social Networks and the Evolution of Social Networks.
In this postmodern era, it is important not to loose sight of the scientific method in social science. As participants in social life we practice logical thinking and rely heavily on empirical observation to survive. If we believe that "social reality" exists in aggregate social behavior outside the individual, then postmodern logical stochasticism is an appropriate approach to probabilistic model making. In order for this approach to be of utility, the Axioms list provides some of the desirable qualities of this approach. One must believe in them.
The General Systems Metaphor is used in this research as the most useful approach for controlling and predicting future social systems behavior. Using this approach we learn that social relationships operate among people within these systems. This provides the structure and function of the social system. Flow points in the direction of change; both positive and negative. And, simulation provides the probabilistic dynamic of change to the system. These concepts are reinforced by the Mantra: Structure - Flow - Change. The State / Process Dynamic Model (SPDM) is being developed in Java (drop down menus, and cut and paste) to assist the social systems model maker in this endeavor without having to learn yet another computer programming language. Computer simulation of social system models is the primary tool used here for this empirical and theoretical social systems enterprise.
The purpose of these pages is to create for the student of social system dynamics the most comprehensive social systems model making site on the Web. Toward that end I'm pursuing several objectives that I plan to share with you:
And also, in a whimsical vein, I provide reviews of Fictional "simulacrums" of society.If you wish to stay in touch, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Your comments are appreciated. I will respond to all comments. If you are interested in contributing to these pages, let me know and I'll give credit where credit is due.
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is Social Systems Simulation Group?
P.O. Box 6904
San Diego, CA 92166-0904
Roland Werner, Principal
Phone/FAX (619) 660-1603
Who is Social Systems Simulation Group?