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Complex Social and Behavioral Systems: Game Theory and Agent-Based Models
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Complex Social and Behavioral Systems: Game Theory and Agent-Based Models (Hardback)

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This volume in the Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science, Second Edition, combines the main features of Game Theory, covering most of the fundamental theoretical aspects under the cooperative and non-cooperative approaches, with the procedures of Agent-Based Modeling for studying complex systems composed of a large number of interacting entities with many degrees of freedom. In Game Theory, the cooperative approach focuses on the possible outcomes of the decision-makers' interaction by abstracting from the "rational" actions or decisions that may lead to these outcomes. The non-cooperative approach focuses on the actions that the decision-makers can take. As John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern argued in their path-breaking book of 1944 entitled Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, most economic questions should be analyzed as games. The models of game theory are abstract representations of a number of real-life situations and have applications to economics, political science, computer science, evolutionary biology, social psychology, and law among others. Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) is a relatively new computational modeling paradigm which aims to construct the computational counterpart of a conceptual model of the system under study on the basis of discrete entities (i.e., the agent) with some properties and behavioral rules, and then to simulate them in a computer to mimic the real phenomena. Given the relative immaturity of this modeling paradigm, and the broad spectrum of disciplines in which it is applied, a clear cut and widely accepted definition of high level concepts of agents, environment, interactions and so on, is still lacking. This volume explores the state-of-the-art in the development of a real ABM ontology to address the epistemological issues related to this emerging paradigm for modeling complex systems.

BusinessBusiness & managementOperational researchComputing & ITComputer scienceScience & MathematicsMathematicsOptimizationGame theoryScience & MathematicsPhysicsStatistical physics Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. Publication Date: 27/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781071603673  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Marilda Sotomayor graduated in Mathematics in 1967 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), received her Master degree in Mathematics in 1972 from the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), and her PhD in Mathematics in 1981 from the Catholique University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) and IMPA. She also obtained the Privat Dozen in 1999 from the University of Sao Paulo/SP (USP/SP). Before joining the University of Sao Paulo/SP in 1997, she taught at the Catholique University of Rio de Janeiro, University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has worked as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Brown University (USA), Visiting Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) , Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (France), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), Ecole Polytechnique (France) and University of California, Berkeley (USA). Presently, she is retired from UFRJ and USP/SP and has a position at the Graduate School of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation-RJ. Her academic distinctions and prizes include the TWAS Prize, 2016, awarded by The World Academy of Sciences; she was elected as Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2003, Fellow of the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation in 1993, Fellow of the Game Theory Society in 2017, and the Economic Theory Fellow in 2015 (awarded by the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory); the Lanchester Prize 1990 (Mathematical of Operation Research), Haralambos Simeonides Prize 2001(ANPEC), Mario Henrique Simonsen Prize 2006 (RBE/FGV), Adriano Romariz Duarte Prize 1996 (SBE), Medal of Honour 2013 (Order of the Economists of Brazil - OEB), Medal of Honour, awarded by the Department of Economics of USP-SP, Brazil: "in recognition of the academic work of Marilda Sotomayor, from 1997 to 2014, and Medal of Honour, awarded by the Graduate School of Economics of Getulio Vargas Foundation, in honour of Marilda Sotomayor: "by her contribution to the Economic Sciences in the developing of the Matching Theory". She has contributed to the scientific community as Charter Member and council member of the Game Theory Society; Associate Editor of Econometrica and of the Brazilian Review of Econometrics; council member of the Econometric Society; guest Editor for the International Journal of Game Theory for the issue "A collection of papers dedicated to David Gale on the occasion of his 85th birthday," published in 2008; Editor of the section on Game theory in the Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Sciences (Springer, 2009), and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Game Theory from 2005-2018. She has also worked as a member of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the Econometric Society, Nominating Committee for Fellows of the Econometric Society and as president of the Latin American Standing Committee of the Econometric Society. Her work in the organization of conferences includes the scientific and local organization of three international workshops of the Game Theory Society, held at the Univeristy of Sao Paulo, in 2002, 2010 and 2014; the scientific organization of the 17th International Conference on Game Theory and Economic Applications and of the Gales Feast: A day in honor of the 85th birthday of David Gale, held at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She has also served as member of the programme committee of several congresses (Latin American Meetings of the Econometric Society, World Congresses of the Econometric Society, the 3rd and 4th World Congress of the Game Theory Society). Her research has been supported in part by grants from the CNPq. She has written the book Two-sided Matching: A study in game-theoretic modeling and analysis, with Alvin Roth, one of the winners of the Nobel Prize of Economics in 2012; three chapters of books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles. The book was awarded the Lanchester prize of 1990 and with the congress: Roth and Sotomayor: Twenty years after, held at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2010, for celebrating the 20 years of publication of the book. Her area of interest is Game Theory, Matching markets, and Market Design. David Perez-Castrillo earned a PhD in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris. He had previously graduated in Mathematics from the University of the Bask Country in Bilbao. He is currently Professor at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Research Professor at Barcelona GSE. He has been visiting professor in numerous universities, including Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Paris School of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and University of California, San Diego. He has been President of the Spanish Economic Association, President and General Secretary of the South-European Association of Economics, and Officer of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Economics Letters, the Journal of Public Economic Theory and the International Game Theory Review. He has also been managing editor of Investigaciones Economicas. He has been awarded the Distincio per a la Promocio de la Recerca Universitaria of the Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Researchers, ICREA Academia chairs, the Prize Haralambos Simeonidis, and the Arrow Price of the BE Journal. His research on game theory and applied microeconomics has been published, among others, in American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior, and International Economic Review. Filippo Castiglione graduated in Computer Science from the University of Milan, Italy. After that, he spent a brief period at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Then, after a year at ST Microelectronics in Italy, he started his scientific career doing a doctorate in Scientific Computing at the University of Cologne in Germany. Before initiating his current appointment at the National Research Council of Italy, he was a one-year post-doc at the Department of Computer Science of the University La Sapienza in Rome, a four-month's visiting scholar at the System Biology Department of the Harvard Medical School in Boston and a one-year post-doc at the Institute for Medical Bio-Mathematics in Tel Aviv. His research interests range from the study of complex systems in general to the modeling of biological systems with particular interest in the immune system and related pathologies. Dr. Castiglione has published one book and more than 100 reviewed research papers among journals, books and conferences proceedings. He has been involved as coordinator or principal investigator in various EU-funded projects of the 6th and 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. He is adjunct professor at the Department of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Roma Tre, teaching Computational Biology and Machine Learning. Dr. Castiglione has also served as Program Committee member for a number of international conferences in the field of computer science and systems biology. He is an Editorial Board Member of PLoS One and Immunome Research. He was Section Editor for "Agent based modeling and simulation" in the first edition of Springer's "Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science". He has served as referee for a number of Oxford, IEEE, Springer-Verlag and Elsevier journals and for conferences of the IEEE society, and has been employed as expert evaluator by the European Community and by other national research agencies in the evaluation of research proposals.

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