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Agent-based Modeling in Archaeology

Mark Lake
Institute of Archeology, University College of London

Mark's lectures and materials can be found at so these brief notes aren't that much useful.

Lecture #1

Clarke 1972

System models use algorithms and sequences of conditional operations.

Simulation studies the progress or outcome of a process that has an analogue in the modern world.

  1. Tactical
    • cultural genetics are “horizontally” transmitted
  2. Hypothesis testing
  3. Heuristic, Theory building
    1. Validation
    2. Sensitivity analysis to parameters
    3. Experimentation

Lecture #2

How do agents choose to reproduce themselves?

How long do agents live?

What about the time dimension?

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