Emergent Clique Formation in Terrorist Recruitment

Nina Berry, Teresa Ko, Tim Moy, Julienne Smrcka, Jessica Turnley, and Ben Wu

The Seldon project represents a multi-disciplinary approach to developing organization software for the study of recruitment and group formation. The need to incorporate aspects of social science added a significant contribution to the vision of the resulting Seldon toolkit. The unique addition of an abstract agent category provided a means for capturing social concepts like cliques, gangs, schools, mosque, etc. in a manner that represents their social conceptualization and not simply as a physical or economical institution. This paper provides an overview of the Seldon toolkit and terrorist model developed to study the formation of cliques, which are the primary recruitment entity for terrorist organizations.

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