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Communication Between Process and Structure: Modelling and Simulating Message Reference Networks with COM/TE

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Focusing on observable message signs and referencing structures, communication processes can be described and analysed as message reference networks which are characterized by dynamic pattern evolution. Computational simulation provides a way of obtaining insights into the factors driving such processes. Our paper describes a theoretical framework for communication-oriented modelling — the COM approach — that is centred around the notion of social visibility as a reputation mechanism. The approach contrasts with agent-based social networks on the one hand, and with bibliometric document networks on the other. In introducing our simulation environment COM/TE, typical properties of message reference networks are discussed in terms of a case study which deals with the impact of different media and styles of communication on emergent patterns of social visibility.

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  • Thomas Malsch & Christoph Schlieder & Peter Kiefer & Maren Lübcke & Rasco Perschke & Marco Schmitt & Klaus Stein, 2007. "Communication Between Process and Structure: Modelling and Simulating Message Reference Networks with COM/TE," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 10(1), pages 1-9.
  • Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:2006-17-2
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    1. Joshua M. Epstein & Robert L. Axtell, 1996. "Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262550253, January.
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