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2017 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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1. Sato, Yoshimichi. "Does Agent-based Modeling Flourish in Sociology? Mind the Gap between Social Theory and Agent-based Models" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Aug 12, 2017 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1251593_index.html>
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Abstract: I propose a new theoretical framework to fill the gap between social theory and agent-based models. Agent-based models have been popular in sociology because both of them assume that interactions of actors are the key to understanding and explaining social phenomena. However, there is a gap between social theory and agent-based models. Social theory emphasizes the importance of reflexivity and meaning in sociological study because actors reflect their goals and try to discover a new goal as in the case of Protestants in Max Weber’s work. They discovered the concept of vocation (Beruf in German) and added new meanings to their occupations. Then success in their occupational life became their goal. By contrast, agent-based models have not seriously considered them. This has led agent-based models to a niche in sociology. Thus for agent-based modeling to flourish in sociology, agent-based modelers need to incorporate reflexivity and meaning in their models. To do that, two mechanisms should be analyzed: a mechanism of the move between backward-looking rationality, forward-looking rationality, and reflexivity and a mechanism in which agents discover a new goal. I apply a meta rational theory (Sato 2016) to the first mechanism and show how actors move among the three components. Then, to explore the second mechanism, I assume that agents have limited cognitive capacity and propose a dynamic process in which agents discover a new goal. My new theoretical framework will make agent-based modeling more powerful in sociological study and, therefore, more attractive to sociologists.

2005 - The Midwest Political Science Association Words: 42 words || 
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2. Whitford, Andrew. "Principal-Agent Negotiations with Teams of Agents" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 07, 2005 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p85822_index.html>
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Abstract: We offer an experiment where a principal negotiates with two agents over a contract?s terms, the agents independently choose an effort level, and the principal and the two agents are paid on the basis of the asset value and the contract.

2009 - ISA's 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION "EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE" Words: 39 words || 
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3. Williams, M. Douglas. and Holloman, Kimberly. "The Agent-Structure/Materialist-Ideational Debates Revisited: An Agent-Based Model of International Politics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION "EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE", New York Marriott Marquis, NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, Feb 15, 2009 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p312676_index.html>
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Abstract: Two debates have shaped recent IR scholarship. The agent-structure debate is focused on the question: do people act as purposeful agents, making their own history, or do social structures determine history? The second debate involves the question of wh

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