***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hello I recently read "Growing artifidial socieites" by Epstein and Axtell. It describes using multi-agent societies to model various social processes (trade, war, disease, etc). I would like to investigate this further, especially with regard to how it intersects with social networks and epidemiology, even more particularly, how we could use these models together to model the spread of sexuially transmitted infections across risk networks, and the influence of various factors on this spread. I've had a little trouble finding a good introduction; these models seem to go by a wide variety of names. A couple hours of googling left me rather confused. I'm interested in any introductions to either the general ideas, computer programs which can be used for this, or whatever could be useful Thanks. Peter Peter L. Flom, PhD Assistant Director, Statistics and Data Analysis Core Center for Drug Use and HIV Research National Development and Research Institutes 71 W. 23rd St http://cduhr.ndri.org www.peterflom.com New York, NY 10010 (212) 845-4485 (voice) (917) 438-0894 (fax) _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.