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We estimate mate preferences using a novel data set from an online dating service. The data set contains detailed information on user attributes and the decision to contact a potential mate after viewing his or her profile. This decision provides the basis for our preference estimation approach. A potential problem arises if the site users strategically(More)
and suggestions that improved upon later versions. ABSTRACT This paper uses a computational model and real-world data to examine the relationship between the residential choices of individuals and aggregate patterns of neighborhood change. Our goal is to determine what assumptions about individuals' preferences for the race/ethnic composition of their(More)
Agent-based modeling has become increasingly popular in recent years, but there is still no codified set of recommendations or practices for how to use these models within a program of empirical research. This article provides ideas and practical guidelines drawn from sociology, biology, computer science, epidemiology, and statistics. We first discuss the(More)
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This study provides a framework for understanding how population composition conditions the relationship between individuals' choices about group affiliation and aggregate patterns of social separation or integration. The substantive focus is the role of income inequality in racial residential segregation. The author identifies three population(More)
This paper reviews methods for analyzing both individual preferences and choices about where to live, and the implications of these choices for residential patterns. Although these methods are discussed in the context of residential choice, they can be applied more broadly to individual choices in a range of social contexts where behavior is interdependent.(More)
This paper examines the relationships between the residential choices of individuals and aggregate segregation patterns. Analyses based on computational models show that high levels of segregation occur only when individuals' preferences follow a threshold function. If individuals make finer-grained distinctions among neighborhoods that vary in racial(More)
The opinions expressed here do not represent those of the funding agencies. All errors are our responsibility. Abstract We develop and implement an agent-based model that can be used to explore how dynamic processes related to socioeconomic inequality stratify students among colleges. The model simulates a stylized version of college sorting processes in(More)