The second edition of the handbook Simulating Social Complexity, edited by Bruce Edmonds and Ruth Meyer, has now been published by Springer and is available as a hardcover or eBook (on Springer Link).
This volume examines all aspects of using agent or individual-based
simulation to investigate social systems. Social systems include all
those systems where the components have individual agency but also
interact with each other. This includes human societies, all kinds of
groups, and increasingly socio-technical systems where the
internet-based devices form the substrate for interaction. These systems
are central to our lives, but are among the most complex known. The
complexity often makes analytic approaches infeasible but, on the other
hand, natural language approaches are also inadequate for relating
intricate cause and effect. This is why individual and agent-based
computational approaches hold out the possibility of new and deeper
understanding of such systems.
This second edition adds new chapters on different modelling purposes
and applying software engineering methods to simulation development.
Revised existing content of other chapters keeps the book up-to-date with recent
developments. This volume will help those new to the field avoid
“reinventing the wheel” each time, and give them a solid and wide
grounding in the essential issues. It will also help those already in
the field by providing accessible overviews of current thought. The
material is divided into four sections: Introduction, Methodology,
Mechanisms, and Applications.
For a preview and the complete table of contents see: