Computational Social Theory

The section on Computational Social Theory is organized to advance a theoretical perspective within social agent modeling and simulation (SAMS). Its goals include the integration of theoretical models within SAMS, the generation of contributions from computational modeling to social theory, and the general furtherance of theoretically effective social science.

The section will organize meetings, newsletters, websites, mailing lists and/or special journal issues to achieve its objectives, including the fostering of dialog among social theorists and SAMS researchers. The section will also encourage the development of tools and infrastructures that facilitate: 1) the explicit expression of assumptions, axioms, premises and models within computational experiments, 2) the integration of formal and computational tools within simulation software, and 3) capabilities with which to explore the theoretical implications of computational experiments, including incorporation and comparative assessment of multiple theories.