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By means of evidence-driven and declaratively implemented social simulation, we grow qawm — solidarity networks in Afghanistan. The study of qawm lends insight into the structural and processual dynamics of Afghan society. In particular, we concentrate on the evolution of power structures. An agent-based computational model is presented whose ontology(More)
By means of evidence-based and declarative social simulation we grow qawms. Qawms denote solidarity networks in Afghanistan. They are dynamic social modules that contribute to the establishment of social structure. The study of qawms lends insight into the structural and processual dynamics of Afghan society. In particular we concentrate on the evolution of(More)
Links between licit and illicit economies fuel processes of conflict in countries mired in irregular warfare. However, it is often infeasible to gather demographic and economic data in the war zone that illuminate such links. Combining remote sensing data with local surveys offers an alternative to direct data collection. We present and validate an(More)
Acknowledgements First of all, I would like to thank my supervisor Professor Edward Tsang for his help, patience and support all these years. In addition, I would like to thank Professor Shu-Heng Chen, who also guided me and supported me during the 6 months I spent at the National Cheng Chi University of Taiwan, and afterwards. I would also like to express(More)