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Presents the most up-to-date research in the study of human and primate societies, including recent advances in software and algorithms for modelling societies.
Preface; 1. Putting Social Sciences Together Again: An Introduction to the Volume; 2. Nonlinear and Synthetic Models for Primate Societies; 3. The Evolution of Cooperation in an Ecological Context: An Agent-Based Model; 4. Evolution of Inference; 5. Trajectories to Complexity in Artificial Societies: Rationality, Belief, and Emotions; 6. MAGICAL Computer Simulation of Mesolithic Foraging; 7. Be There Then: A Modeling Approach to Settlement Determinants and Spatial Efficiency among Late Ancestral Pueblo Populations of the Mesa Verde Region, US Southwest; 8. Understanding Anasazi Culture Change through Agent-Based Modeling; 9. Anti-Chaos, Common Property, and the Emergence of Cooperation; 10. The Political Impact of Marriage in a Virtual Polynesian Society; 11. The Impact of Raiding on Settlement Patterns in the Northern Valley of Oaxaca: An Approach Using Decision Trees; 12. The Fractal House of Pharaoh: Ancient Egypt as a Complex Adaptive System, a Trial Formation; 13. Modeling Sociality: The View from Europe; 14. Agent-Based Modeling of Small-Scale Societies: State of the Art and Future Prospects