[Research] Picking up a siulation tool for social science

SInce I am trying to figure out which kind of simulation tool I would use for my phd thesis (HCI guys!), I stumbled across this interesting report: An Evaluation of Seven Software Simulation Tools for Use in the Social Sciences by Julie Dugdale.

The aim of this article is to discuss which software simulation tool(s) would be useful for partners working on the COSI project. The goal is to find a tool which is well suited to simulating the various social mechanisms which are of interest to each of the COSI partners, and, which takes into account the various levels of expertise of using simulation software that exist amongst the COSI partners. Given these two points, the aim is then to suggest a choice of useful simulation tools.