Simulation techniques

George J. Nozicka, G. Matthew Bonham, Michael J. Shapiro

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Cognitive maps can be used in the simulation of individual belief systems. One such simulation, of a Middle East expert, was employed in Chapter 6 by Bonham and Shapiro. This appendix describes the techniques used in that simulation. Among the operations performed by the simulation on a given cognitive map are the formulation of alternative explanations of an unanticipated event, the selection of the preferred explanation, the development of expected consequences of the event, the search for relevant policy options, and the ranking of the relevant policy options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructure of Decision
Subtitle of host publicationThe Cognitive Maps of Political Elites
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781400871957
ISBN (Print)9780691075785
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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