=> >What is meant to social modelers by the phrase "the simulation"?
=> >To those within the simulation community (i.e., focusing on
=> >the discipline rather than on a specific application), "simulation"
=> >refers to a numerical solution for a model,...
=> those of us who develop declarative models do so to be able to capture
=> qualitative elements of social processes.
All simulations, including those that are numerical in nature, are done
to capture both qualitative and quantitative elements of processes. The
point here being that to get qualitative feedback, one is not required
to employ a qualitative model.
=> The notion of a solution is
=> probably inappropriate and the assumption that it is numerical is
=> inaccurate in that context.
This may be so depending on the type of model that you are using for your
simulation. I took a quick look at MASON, based on David's post, and most
of these models appear to be numerical and physically-based.
When you use the word "declarative", are you referring to symbolic
computation as with logic-based or rule-based models?