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dc.contributor.authorFarhat, Danielen_NZ
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dc.date.copyright2010-10-01en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationFarhat, D. (2010). Virtually Science: An Agent-based Model of the Rise and Fall of Scientific Research Programs (Economics Discussion Papers Series No. 1015). Department of Economics, University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/935en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/935
dc.description.abstractIs there more to ‘good science’ than explaining novel facts? Social interaction within the scientific community plays a pivotal role in defining acceptable research. This paper develops an agent-based computational model of scientific communities to explore the connection between research outcomes and the socio-cultural environment they are constructed in. Agent-to-agent interaction is added to the notion of scientific research programs (SRPs) developed by Lakatos (1969, 1970) as an important factor guiding the practice of researchers. Early in scientific inquiry, when there are many novel facts to explain, the research community is fragmented and researchers prefer to use their own talents (or innovation) when conducting research. Over time, consensus emerges in the form of a dominate SRP which utilizes intra-disciplinary approaches (or adaptation). This result illustrates the rise and fall of scientific paradigms as described by Kuhn (1970). The history of Keynesian macroeconomic theory provides colloquial support for the simulation model.en_NZ
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dc.publisherDepartment of Economics, University of Otagoen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEconomics Discussion Papers Seriesen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.business.otago.ac.nz/econ/research/discussionpapers/index.htmlen_NZ
dc.subjectMethodologyen_NZ
dc.subjectAgent-based modelsen_NZ
dc.subjectSociology of Social Scienceen_NZ
dc.subjectScientific Research Programsen_NZ
dc.subject.lcshHB Economic Theoryen_NZ
dc.titleVirtually Science: An Agent-based Model of the Rise and Fall of Scientific Research Programsen_NZ
dc.typeDiscussion Paperen_NZ
dc.description.versionPublisheden_NZ
otago.bitstream.pages39en_NZ
otago.date.accession2010-10-14 21:19:41en_NZ
otago.schoolDepartment of Economicsen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.place.publicationDunedin, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.identifier.eprints942en_NZ
otago.school.eprintsEconomicsen_NZ
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