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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)
In many computational social simulation models only cursory reference to the foundations of the agent cognition used is made and computational expenses let many modellers chose simplistic agent cognition architectures. Both choices run counter to expectations framed by scholars active in the domain of rich cognitive modelling that see agent reasoning as(More)
In this paper we introduce a workflow for multiagent modeling that relies on piecemeal calibration to verify the model, and discuss how modelers can organize this workflow to accelerate model building, improve the quality and technical soundness of the final model and be able to attribute dynamics of model outputs to causal mechanisms represented in the(More)
Hilton Root is a professor at George Mason University's School of Public Policy. His Dynamics among Nations is a critique of liberal internationalism – the theory that through free trade the enlightened middle classes in developing economies will be empowered and motivated to demand liberal political rights. The result of such political pressures will be a(More)