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Summary form only given. For the study of complex social situations, both gaming simulation and agent-based simulation have been proposed as research methods. The combination of gaming and agent-based simulation has proved useful for the formulation of theories underlying trade network processes. However, validation remains a problematic issue in that type of research. Two important sources of difficulties are the sensitivity of gaming simulations to the participants' cultural background and the complexity of the agent model. The sensitivity to culture may be managed by incorporating it in the agent model. The complexity of the agent model may be managed by compositional process modeling. However, both solutions require additional validation. This presentation proposes a validation approach for a culturally adaptive, composed, process model.
Date of Conference: 22-27 Aug. 2011