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Asked 2nd Jun, 2018

Has a comprehensive simulation model of society been built or being building?

In this model,if we input a policy,or more generally,input an individual's key actions,we can work out its impact on all aspects of society(Such as the proportion of people with happiness above 90, the proportion of poor people,thoughts held by people and their proportion…).

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5th Jun, 2018
Shiming Lei
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Thanks,Oleghe. Now I have a new idea for my research.

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2nd Jun, 2018
Omogbai Oleghe
University of Lagos
Best to first articulate the problem you want to solve. Make it small by focusing on only one or a few aspects. So that the eventual model is not complex and can be quickly built. Meanwhile, what do you intend to model in the society? And for what purpose would the model be used? These need to be answered first before knowing what variables to include in the model.
3rd Jun, 2018
Shiming Lei
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Thanks for answering,
1.Focusing on a few aspects can help us understand a lot of things,but it may not be convincing enough since many possible factors can be ignored.
And another thing is,for example,a policy about economy may have unexpected impacts on people's safety,which is easily left out in a simple model.
2.With many problems to solve,building a new model for every propose seems to be very annoying…
3rd Jun, 2018
Omogbai Oleghe
University of Lagos
Hello Lei, as a modeller you need to set the boundaries and scope: what is in scope and out of scope.
You should not model a whole "system" but a "problem" in the system. That way you are focused and the task is achievable. You can start this way and add other variables as you build, that is if you need to. Otherwise, take the other problem or variable as another mini-model and build it comprehensively. At some point you can connect both or multiple mini-models. Otherwise, you will find it very hard to understand your model, let alone validate it
5th Jun, 2018
Shiming Lei
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Thanks,Oleghe. Now I have a new idea for my research.

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