Skip main navigation

What next?

You have finished the course. Thank you for participating! We hope that at this stage you are able to: Explain how humans make decisions, according to classic and more contemporary …

Wrap up

In this video, Wander Jager discusses the possible future of social computation.

How realistic should a model be

In this video, Wander Jager discusses the level of realism that is needed for a model. As you experienced in the last exercises, adding additional behavioural processes to a model …

What next?

The HUMAT integrated architecture has been developed within the EU Horizon2020 SMARTEES project, and models successful cases of social innovations implemented in European cities and islands. Cases address for example …

Bringing in behaviour

In this video we discuss the challenge of bringing in behavioural theory into agent based models. After having seen the video, think of the ant model exercise with the three …

What can we do with simulations of real cases?

In this video, Wander Jager explains the different interests of people that were relevant to include in simulating the park referendum case. He explains what kind of policy experiments have …

Human behaviour and decision making

This week we will be using a tool called Agent Based Modelling (ABM). In this step we will introduce you to how it operates. ABM is a computational tool allowing …

Introduction to Week 2

When we make decisions as humans, we take advantage of the information that is around us, to help us inform what the best decision is. In this video the social …

HUMAT, an example of an integrative model

In this video, Wander is explaining that social simulations are increasingly being used to explore possible futures. The case of a referendum on making a park car-free is being discussed …

Integrating theories into agent-based modelling

Many societal issues display emergent phenomena (see the introductory course on People, Networks and Neighbours: Understanding Social Dynamics for an article on the social dynamics of this). Hypes, opinion dynamics …

Integrating models of human behaviour

In this video, we explain why integrated models of human behaviour are needed in computational social science. Do you think all aspects that make us human, such as emotions and …

Conclusion of Week 1

This week we briefly explored some approaches to modelling individuals making decisions. We talked about the classical choice theory based on the concept of utility. We saw how this approach …

Introduction Week 3

In the previous weeks you have been introduced to the modelling of decision-making, and did a number of exercises with models that included exploration, information exchange and normative influences. However, …