Simulation, Game Theory and the Racial Dot Map

Is there anything simulation and game theory can tell us about society? Take a moment to tinker with the following example to see how even reasonable preferences can result in segregation:

Parable of the Polygons,

So are these patterns limited to toy examples like this? While far more dynamics and history shape the real world, consider, for example, the visualizations published by the University of Virginia compiled from census data:

Denver, USA –

Also HPC is being used to perfom multi-agent simulations similar to the example that everybody can run in their browser, but on much larger scales.

Dustin Cable. (2013). The Racial Dot Map: One Dot Per Person for the Entire U.S.
Dustin Cable. (2013, July). The Racial Dot Map | Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
Hart, V., & Case, N. (2016). Parable of the Polygons. Parable of the Polygons.
BSC. (2020). HPC modelling and simulation for Societal Challenges. BSC-CNS.

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