Session 6: NOVA

1:20 - 2:30 PM | Room 106

NOVA: A New Tool for System dynamics, Agent-Based, and Spatial Modeling

Richard Salter and Nancy Darling
Oberlin College

Nova is a free cross-platform tool for system dynamics, spatial, and agent-based modeling. It is particularly useful for researchers working with longitudinal, multi-level data examining reciprocal, non-linear processes. Because Nova can incorporate sub-models it can simultaneously model processes at the individual, dyadic, and group levels. Nova allows full integration of R and Java functions and can be edited using a graphic, formulaic, or Javascript interface. This demonstration focuses on an example of social contagion of problem behavior, modeling dyadic interactions nested within a classroom that includes aggregated teacher effects and peer influence. System dynamics, spatial, and agent-based functionality are demonstrated.

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