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Modeling Nonspatial Socioeconomic Interactions: An Agent-Based Approach

Richard J. Gaylord
Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department: Department of Material Science and Engineering
J. Davis
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Mathematica in Education and Research
Year: 1999
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Page range: 30-39

Many important models of socioeconomic interaction depend upon social distance rather than spatial distance. Over time, social distance (connectivity) has increased in importance for many forms of interaction while spatial distance (proximity) has concomitantly decreased in importance following advances in transportation and communications technologies. Recently, this trend has accelerated explosively. Here, we will present a set of tools, along with some examples of their use, for the modeling of socioeconomic behavior in which there is a social rather than spatial dimension.

*Mathematics > Discrete Mathematics > Cellular Automata
*Social Science > Sociology and Psychology
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