Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, Kevin McCaffree and I have had a paper accepted for the 2020 WinterSim conference, which is titled “Best Friends Forever? Modeling the Mechanisms of Friendship Network Formation.”
As the sub-title suggests, the goal was to simulate the emergence of real-world friendship networks. We did this by constructing an artificial society populated with simulated agents, with variables such as worldview, identity, age, gender, and educational attainment.
Why do you have the friends you have… read the article to find out. 😉