A Framework for Modeling Social Power Structures

This paper describes an agent-based framework for building models of social power structures. Two goals of the framework are generality across a wide range of power structures and the ability for domain expert end-users to build, run, and analyze models of power structures in their particular domain. We describe the framework, its motivation and design, and discuss our experiences in building models in this framework. Finally, we discuss some lessons learned in building a framework meant for end-user modeling and simulation of social networks.


Taylor, G., Bechtel, R., Morgan, G., Waltz, E. (2006) “A Framework for Modeling Social Power Structures.” In Proceedings of the North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Sciences. 22-23 June, Notre Dame, IN.

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