Institute for Software Research
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The Impact of Educational Interventions
on Real & Stylized Cities

Brian R. Hirshman, Alaiksandr Birukou*, Michael K. Martin
Michael W. Bigrigg, Kathleen M. Carley

July 2008

Center for the Computational Analysis of
Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) Technical Report


Keywords: Construct multi-agent simulation, dynamic network analysis, social network analysis, agents, agent modeling, literacy, information access

Different cities and different populations react differently to various types of educational intervention due to small differences in population, socio-demographic traits, intervention media type, and a variety of other factors. The social simulation tool Construct was used to evaluate the effectiveness of several educational interventions on one stylized and four real cities to examine the types of behavior that could be observed given these small variations in initial conditions. This technical report describes the experimental design, parameters, and setup for the Construct educational intervention virtual experiments, then reports the results obtained when the experiments were run. The results from the stylized city and real cities are compared, and general similarities and conclusions are discussed.

45 pages

*University of Trento

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