COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

CSS SEMINAR - Armando Geller

Friday, April 4, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

On the Power and Limits of Models

Armando Geller, Co-Founder
Scensei

Armando Geller, PhD, is a partner and co-founder of Scensei, LLC (www.scensei.com) an analytics and decision support firm.

ABSTRACT: In this day and age people seem to be overly technology driven. Solutions and problems are regularly attributed to technology and the time invested to find and solve them is significant. The social simulation community is no exception, although it should be. It is through the model relevance is established; yet every simulation is based on a model. Against the background of recent experiences I will provide examples, and discuss the power and limits of modeling in the domain of social simulation. Questions I will be addressing are: What is a mutually defined model development process? What are the relationships between a general and a domain model? How does the model inform the data collection process? Where lie the heuristic limits of models?