Quotation Hall, Margeret, Haas, Christian, Schacht, Johanna, Kimbrough, Steven O. 2021. The Socialoid: A Computational Model of a City. In: Market Engineering Insights from Two Decades of Research on Markets and Information, Hrsg. Henner Gimpel et al. 199-219. Basel: Springer International Publishing.




A socialoid (our term) is an integrated collection of data and models about a society. As such, and accepting that it can never be complete, it is a computational model of a society. We are in the early stages of building a socialoid for Philadelphia, PA. We call it the Philadelphioid. The Philadelphioid is a diachronic (temporal), mashed, geographic information system (GIS) with an extensive integrated library of integrated analytics tools. The purpose of this chapter is to articulate our design rationale for the Philadelphioid and to illustrate its underlying concepts and premises. Central among these concepts is the principle of solution pluralism, which enjoins us to use analytics and visualization to create and explore multiple solutions to decision problems. We illustrate an application of this philosophy by discussing analysis pertaining to food deserts carried out with the Philadelphioid.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title The Socialoid: A Computational Model of a City
Title of whole publication Market Engineering Insights from Two Decades of Research on Markets and Information
Editor Henner Gimpel et al.
Page from 199
Page to 219
Location Basel
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Year 2021
URL https://library.oapen.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.12657/48685/9783030666613.pdf?sequence=1#page=202
ISBN 978-3-030-66663-7
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://library.oapen.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.12657/48685/9783030666613.pdf?sequence=1#page=202


Hall, Margeret (Details)
Haas, Christian (Details)
Kimbrough, Steven O. (University of Pennsylvania, United States/USA)
Schacht, Johanna (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany)
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