Group Formation and Fragmentation

Emergent ideas connect individuals into groups

The conceptualization of an agent-based, simulation framework that allows the use and testing of various social and behavioral science approaches for understanding the motivation and intent associated with terrorist activities. The framework design provides a LEGO-style toolbox that can convert sophisticated SME theses on individual and social behavior into computationally tractable, mathematical representations. Through parameterization, the reconfigurable framework can then simulate the dynamics of any particular group or interacting collection of terrorist groups.

Reports

An Agent-Based Model Component to a Framework for the Analysis of Terrorist-Group Dynamics, Sandia National Laboratories report, February 2006 [PDF]

Growth and Defection in Hierarchical, Synergistic Networks, Sandia National Laboratories report, September 2003 [PDF]