COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

Department of Computational Social Science Seminar-KENNEDY

Friday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

SOCIAL PHYSICS

William Kennedy
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Computational Social Science
George Mason University

ABSTRACT: Research Assistant Professor Bill Kennedy will discuss modeling human social behavior using computational models of the physical world. The first example is Schelling's agent-based model of segregation. He will discuss what reversibility could mean in an agent-based model, whether it is possible for the segregation model, and how long it takes. The second example is the use of a model of artificial flocking and its relation to human group formation and social identity. The third is a potential model of the environmental driver of learning and whether learning is an exponential or power law process. The cognitive plausibility of these models will be also be discussed.