Causation in Agent-Based Computational Social Science

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Resumen

Even though causation is often considered a constitutive aspect of scientific explanation, agent-based computational social science, as an emergent disciplinary field, has systematically neglected the question of whether explanation using agent-based models is causal. Rather than discussing the reasons for this neglect, the article builds on the assumption that, since explanation in the field is already heavily permeated by causal reasoning and language, the articulation of a causal theory of explanation would help standardisation. With this goal in mind, the text briefly explores four candidate accounts of causation on which a causal theory of explanation in agent-based computational social science could be grounded: agent causation, algorithmic causation, interventionist causation and causal mechanisms. It suggests that, while the first two accounts are intuitively appealing, for they seem to stress the most important methodological aspects of agent-based modelling, a more robust theory of causal explanation could be developed if the field focuses, instead, on causal mechanisms and interventions
Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaAdvances in Social Simulation - Looking in the Mirror, 2018
EditoresHarko Verhagen, Melania Borit, Giangiacomo Bravo, Nanda Wijermans
Lugar de publicaciónSuiza
EditorialSpringer
Capítulo5
Páginas47-62
Número de páginas16
Volumen1
Edición1
ISBN (versión digital)978-3-030-34129-9
ISBN (versión impresa)9783030341268
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2020
Evento14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018 - Stockholm, Suecia
Duración: ago 20 2018ago 24 2018

Serie de la publicación

NombreSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (versión impresa)2213-8684
ISSN (versión digital)2213-8692

Conferencia

Conferencia14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018
País/TerritorioSuecia
CiudadStockholm
Período8/20/188/24/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Matemáticas aplicadas
  • Modelización y simulación
  • Informática aplicada

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