SMS-Social Modelling and Simulations
Debate 1: What can a model do?
Formal and Computational modelling of complex social phenomena
In the last two decades, the surge in social data from the widespread use of the social web has fueled the adoption of formal and computational methods in social sciences. In particular, we have witnessed the proliferation from simple formal models to much more complicated computational ones to make sense of data and to comprehend the complexities of social phenomena.
Questions to guide the discussion
❓ How should we define or reshape the relationship between formal and computational modeling and traditional theorizing in social science?
❓ What capabilities do models, whether formal or computational, bring to the understanding of complex social processes?
❓ Is making predictions the ultimate goal of social modeling, or do these models serve broader epistemological purposes?
❓ Can model-based policy making be realistically envisioned as a viable approach in the realm of social complexity compared with other disciplines like epidemiology or ecology?
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This debate will be open until December 10. It will then be temporarily paused to integrate insights from our in-person sessions. We will reopen the debate for further contributions once these updates are completed.
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