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“An ethnographic seduction”: how qualitative research and Agent-based models can benefit each other

“An ethnographic seduction”: how qualitative research and Agent-based models can benefit each other

Tubaro, Paola and Casilli, Antonio A. (2010) “An ethnographic seduction”: how qualitative research and Agent-based models can benefit each other. Bulletin of Sociological Methodology/Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, 106 (1). pp. 59-74. ISSN 0759-1063 (doi:10.1177/0759106309360111)

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Abstract

We provide a general analytical framework for empirically informed agent-based simulations. This methodology provides present-day agent-based models with a sound and proper insight as to the behavior of social agents — an insight that statistical data often fall short of providing at least at a micro level and for hidden and sensitive populations. In the other direction, simulations can provide qualitative researchers in sociology, anthropology and other fields with valuable tools for: (a) testing the consistency and pushing the boundaries, of specific theoretical frameworks; (b) replicating and generalizing results; (c) providing a platform for cross-disciplinary validation of results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnography, qualitative data, agent-based models, trans-disciplinary research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4659

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