Cover: Improving Social-Behavioral Modeling

Improving Social-Behavioral Modeling

Published in: Social-Behavioral Modeling for Complex Systems, Chapter 2 (2019). doi: 10.1002/9781119485001.ch2

Posted on Jun 11, 2019

by Paul K. Davis, Angela O'Mahony

This chapter summarizes our view of priority challenges for social-behavioral modeling. Some challenges are inherent: individuals behave in complicated ways and social systems are complex adaptive systems (CAS). Such systems pose wicked problems for policy-makers. Other challenges relate to specific scientific problems. We discuss a selection of these: rebalancing the portfolio of models and methods, confronting uncertainty, synthesis, the dynamic of connecting theory and data, and redefining model validity. We summarize briefly elements of a way ahead.

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