Simulating Household Exchange with Cultural Algorithms

Ziad Kobti

in Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270145
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951990 | DOI:
Simulating Household Exchange with Cultural Algorithms

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The ability of the computational agent model to exhibit the ability of exchanging resources is a critical step in forming the social welfare of the simulated population. An overview of the exchange algorithms is presented, highlighting their impact on the survivability of the population. Cultural algorithms are introduced to enable the population to adapt its trade network by enhancing the selection process of more viable exchange partners. The dynamic social networks generated shed light on the economic health of the households and the emergence of more successful households, the likely seeds of the community centers.

Keywords: exchange; social networks; generalized reciprocal network; balanced reciprocal network; cultural algorithms; Village Ecodynamics Project

Chapter.  5076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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