On the construction of plausible futures in interpretive agent-based modelling

Martin Neumann, Vanessa Dirksen, Sascha Dickel

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This chapter reflects on how the different methodologies applied throughout the research procedure described in this book work together to generate the larger, novel, knowledge claim of interpretive agent-based modelling (ABM). First, we describe the different stages of the research procedure in order to reveal how it establishes knowledge. Next, we delve deeper into the processes of meaning-making in both ethnography and objective hermeneutics and how the counterfactual reasoning of ABM allows for theorizing the social. This, together with reflections on the input validation and output validation of interpretive ABM, paves the way for the characterization of the larger knowledge claim of interpretive ABM in terms of the generation of plausible futures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn Interpretive Account to Agent-based Social Simulation
Subtitle of host publicationUsing Criminology to Explore Cultural Possibilities
EditorsMartin Neumann
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003393207
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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