Multilevel and agent-based modelling in the analysis of differential school effectiveness

Mauricio Salgado, Elio Marchione

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Abstract

Multilevel Models (MLM) have pioneered the analysis of hierarchical data, with two or more levels. Agent-Based Models (ABM) are also used to analyse social phenomena in which there are two or more levels involved. This paper addresses the integration between MLM and ABM. To provide a basis of comparison, we focus on differential school effectiveness analysis, where MLM has been well studied, using data from the London Educational Authority's Junior Project. A MLM is fitted and an ABM of pupils' educational attainment using a social network structure is built. We reports the results of both models and compare their performances in terms of predictive power. Although the fitted MLM outperforms the proposed ABM, the latter still offers a reasonable fit and provides a causal mechanisms to explain differences in school performance that is absent in the MLM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAISB 2011
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Networks and Multiagent Systems
Pages50-55
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event3rd Symposium on Social Networks and Multiagent Systems - A Symposium at the AISB'11 Convention - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Apr 20117 Apr 2011

Other

Other3rd Symposium on Social Networks and Multiagent Systems - A Symposium at the AISB'11 Convention
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityYork
Period4/04/117/04/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Salgado, M., & Marchione, E. (2011). Multilevel and agent-based modelling in the analysis of differential school effectiveness. In AISB 2011: Social Networks and Multiagent Systems (pp. 50-55)
Salgado, Mauricio ; Marchione, Elio. / Multilevel and agent-based modelling in the analysis of differential school effectiveness. AISB 2011: Social Networks and Multiagent Systems. 2011. pp. 50-55
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Salgado, M & Marchione, E 2011, Multilevel and agent-based modelling in the analysis of differential school effectiveness. in AISB 2011: Social Networks and Multiagent Systems. pp. 50-55, 3rd Symposium on Social Networks and Multiagent Systems - A Symposium at the AISB'11 Convention, York, United Kingdom, 4/04/11.

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AISB 2011: Social Networks and Multiagent Systems. 2011. p. 50-55.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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