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Ideal, Best, and Emerging Practices in Creating Artificial Societies

Giabbanelli, Philippe J.; Voinov, Alexey A.; Castellani, Brian; Tornberg, Petter

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Philippe J. Giabbanelli

Alexey A. Voinov

Petter Tornberg


Artificial societies used to guide and evaluate policies should be built by following “best practices”. However, this goal may be challenged by the complexity of artificial societies and the interdependence of their sub-systems (e.g., built environment, social norms). We created a list of seven practices based on simulation methods, specific aspects of quantitative individual models, and data-driven modeling. By evaluating published models for public health with respect to these ideal practices, we noted significant gaps between current and ideal practices on key items such as replicability and uncertainty. We outlined opportunities to address such gaps, such as integrative models and advances in the computational machinery used to build simulations.


Giabbanelli, P. J., Voinov, A. A., Castellani, B., & Tornberg, P. (2019). Ideal, Best, and Emerging Practices in Creating Artificial Societies.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2019
Publication Date Jun 10, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 20, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 27, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 13-24


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