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Seeing Around Corners – Rauch, J. (2002, April)

My notes on [zotpressInText item=”{BT4H26S8}”]:

  • Schelling’s segregation model clearly shows that “the interplay of individual choices, where unorganized segregation is concerned, is a complex system with collective results that bear no close relation to the individual intent” [zotpressInText item=”{SNCDHAUS}”].
  • Each SugarScape agent has its own genetic code (different metabolic rate, vision -i.e. limited information, bounded rationality-, etc.) showed simple rules could produce complex social phenomena.
  • Ross’ agent-based model on corruption extends conventional game theory with limited information and social networks [zotpressInText item=”{FQT67R24}”] showed that the fear of getting caught is more important than the actual odds.
  • Growing Zipf’s Law: artificial companies and cities generated by Axtell shows the higher-order pattern that complex societies arranges themselves.
  • Artificial Genocide: Epstein’s riots model showed that massive violence is rational, there is no contagious hysteria unlike as claimed by some scholars.
  • Cyber-Anasazi: Epstein, Axtell, Gumerman and Dean created a tribe lived in A.D. 800-1300 in Long House Vallet, AZ. Although the model failed to explain how/why the community vanished, it taught us a lot, as noted by Gumerman “More than half the simulations produce the biggest site right here—where the biggest site actually was.”