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A tutorial in social science simulation using SOARS

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Monday 25 July 2011, 14:00
A1, Management School

Professor Hiroshi Deguchi and Dr. Manabu Ichikawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Abstract: SOARS -Spot Oriented Agent Role Simulator- is the new type agent based simulation language for the social simulation and the social simulation and gaming. This simulation language is designed for everyone to use it easy to make a social simulation model. SOARS supports for the graphical user interface development and requires “point and click by the mouse” and “quite a few types by the keyboard” to make a model. This means that SOARS does not require any skills of programming languages and people who do not have experiences of using programming languages can have a chance to make a social simulation model.

SOARS consists of several applications and they are VisualShell, Simulator, Animator, Explicator and so on. VisualShell is the application for modeling, Simulator is the application for simulating models, Animator is the application for making a animation from simulation logs and Explicator is the application for cutting and seeking the huge simulation logs. Besides these applications, SOARS has more useful applications. For example, for gaming creators, SOARS helps you to make computer based simulation and gaming easily.

In this tutorial, we are going to introduce the history, the concept and some social simulation models of SOARS, and also have a lecture about how to make a social simulation model by SOARS. We are planning to make a very basic model, which we called “family model”. In this model, some daily activities of members of a family are represented and it enables to simulate their daily life. You will be able to know the main stream of making a social simulation model by SOARS. We all hope you to find, know and have more interests in SOARS by taking this tutorial.

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