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Spaiser, Viktoria; Hedström, Peter; Ranganathan, Shyam; Jansson, Kim; Nordvik, Monica K.; Sumpter, David J. T. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
It is widely recognized that segregation processes are often the result of complex nonlinear dynamics. Empirical analyses of complex dynamics are however rare, because there is a lack of appropriate empirical modeling techniques that are capable of capturing complex patterns and nonlinearities. At the same time, we know that many social phenomena…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Research Methodology, Social Systems, Systems Approach
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Snijders, Tom A. B.; Steglich, Christian E. G. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2015
Stochastic actor-based models for network dynamics have the primary aim of statistical inference about processes of network change, but may be regarded as a kind of agent-based models. Similar to many other agent-based models, they are based on local rules for actor behavior. Different from many other agent-based models, by including elements of…
Descriptors: Models, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Inference, Social Networks