Simulated Journalism? Not exactly, but a topic of relevance
November 1st, 2005 by Tom Johnson

modeling is one of the four cornerstone areas of interest to the
IAJ.  It's a relatively new, and largely unknown, field that can
be of great advantage to journalists if we can take the time to learn
how it works and then how we can apply it to our field.  The best
resource to date for journalists is the J-Lab, ( at the University of Maryland.

But today along comes this announcement of a rich issue of the Journal
of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
.  It's filled with
deep thinking and application.

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
( published issue 4 of Volume 8 on 31
October 2005.

JASSS is an electronic, refereed journal devoted
to the exploration and understanding of social processes by means of
computer simulation.   It is freely available, with no


This issue is our largest
ever, with 12 peer-reviewed articles, eight of them forming a special
section on Epistemological Perspectives, edited by Ulrich Frank and
Klaus Troitzsch.

If you would like to volunteer as a referee and have
published at least one refereed article in the academic literature, you
may do so by completing the form at


Peer-reviewed Articles

How Can Social Networks Ever Become Complex? Modelling the Emergence of Complex Networks from Local Social Exchanges
   by  Josep M. Pujol, Andreas Flache, Jordi Delgado and Ramon Sanguesa

Violence and Revenge in Egalitarian Societies

   by  Stephen Younger

Influence of Local Information on Social Simulations in Small-World Network Models

   by  Chung-Yuan Huang, Chuen-Tsai Sun and Hsun-Cheng Lin

It Pays to Be Popular: a Study of Civilian Assistance and Guerrilla Warfare

   by  Scott Wheeler

Special Section on Epistemological Perspectives on Simulation

   by  Ulrich Frank and Klaus G. Troitzsch

Towards Good Social Science
   by  Scott Moss and Bruce Edmonds


A Framework for Epistemological Perspectives on Simulation
   by  Joerg Becker, Bjoern Niehaves and Karsten Klose


What is the Truth of Simulation?
   by  Alex Schmid

Logic of the Method of Agent-Based Simulation in the Social
Sciences:  Empirical and Intentional Adequacy of Computer
   by  Nuno David, Jaime Simao Sichman and Helder Coelho

Validation of Simulation: Patterns in the Social and Natural Sciences

   by  Guenter Kueppers and Johannes Lenhard

Stylised Facts and the Contribution of Simulation  to the Economic Analysis of Budgeting

   by  Bernd-O. Heine, Matthias Meyer and Oliver Strangfeld

Does Empirical Embeddedness Matter? Methodological Issues on Agent-Based Models for Analytical Social Science

   by  Riccardo Boero and Flaminio Squazzoni

Caffe Nero: the Evaluation of Social Simulation
   by  Petra Ahrweiler and Nigel Gilbert


Book Reviews    (Review editor: Edmund Chattoe)

Edmund Chattoe reviews:
       Routines of Decision Making by Betsch, Tilmann and Haberstroh, Susanne (eds.)



The new issue can be accessed through the JASSS home page: <>.

The next issue will be published at the end of January 2006.

Submissions are welcome: see


Editor: Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey, UK
Forum Editor: Klaus G. Troitzsch, Koblenz-Landau University, Germany
Review Editor: Edmund Chattoe, University of Oxford, UK


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