An ethnographic seduction: How qualitative research and agent-based models can benefit each other

Abstract : A general analytical framework for empirically informed agent-based simulations. We believe that this methodology provides present-day agent-based models with a sound and proper insight as to the behavior of social agents - an insight that statistical data often fall short of providing at least at a micro level and for hidden and sensitive populations. In the other direction, simulations can provide qualitative researchers in sociology, anthropology and other fields with valuable tools for : (a) testing the consistency and pushing the boundaries, of specific theoretical frameworks ; (b) replicating and generalizing results ; (c) providing a platform for cross-disciplinary validation of results. Key Words : agent-based models, ethnography, qualitative data, transdisciplinarity.
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Paola Tubaro, Antonio Casilli. An ethnographic seduction: How qualitative research and agent-based models can benefit each other. Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique / Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, SAGE Publications, 2010, 106 (1), pp.59-74. ⟨10.1177/0759106309360111⟩. ⟨hal-00661425⟩

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