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1 July 2015 Modeling Demic and Cultural Diffusion: An Introduction
Joaquim Fort, Enrico R. Crema, Marco Madella
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Identifying the processes by which human cultures spread across different populations is one of the most topical objectives shared among different fields of study. Seminal works have analyzed a variety of data and attempted to determine whether empirically observed patterns are the result of demic and/or cultural diffusion. This special issue collects articles exploring several themes (from modes of cultural transmission to drivers of dispersal mechanisms) and contexts (from the Neolithic in Europe to the spread of computer programming languages), which offer new insights that will augment the theoretical and empirical basis for the study of demic and cultural diffusion. In this introduction we outline the state of art in the modeling of these processes, briefly discuss the pros and cons of two of the most commonly used frameworks (equation-based models and agent-based models), and summarize the significance of each article in this special issue.

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Joaquim Fort, Enrico R. Crema, and Marco Madella "Modeling Demic and Cultural Diffusion: An Introduction," Human Biology 87(3), 141-149, (1 July 2015). https://doi.org/10.13110/humanbiology.87.3.0141
Received: 1 December 2015; Accepted: 1 December 2015; Published: 1 July 2015
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agent-based simulation
CULTURAL DIFFUSION
CULTURAL EVOLUTION
CULTURAL TRANSMISSION
DEMIC DIFFUSION
reaction-dispersal models
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