Computational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences by Scott de MarchiComputational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences by Scott de Marchi

Computational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences

byScott de Marchi

Paperback | August 22, 2005

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Mathematical models in the social sciences have become increasingly sophisticated and widespread in the last decade. This period has also seen many critiques, most lamenting the sacrifices incurred in pursuit of mathematical perfection. If, as critics argue, our ability to understand the world has not improved during the mathematization of the social sciences, we might want to adopt a different paradigm. This book examines the three main fields of mathematical modeling--game theory, statistics, and computational methods--and proposes a new framework for modeling.
Scott de Marchi is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics and Public Choice. Professor de Marchi was appointed a Fellow-at-Large ...
Title:Computational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social SciencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:August 22, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521619130

ISBN - 13:9780521619134

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Table of Contents

1. Not all fun and games: challenges in mathematical modeling; 2. Looking for car keys without any street lights; 3. From curses to complexity: the justification for computational modeling; 4. Why everything should look like a nail: deriving parsimonious encodings for complex games; 5. KKV redux: deriving and testing logical implications.

Editorial Reviews

' ... we have in this slim volume, full of good ideas, deep insights and practical advice for how to do sound methodological work and how not to do it. Given these strengths, this book should earn a cultish following among graduate students who possess a methodological bent.' Public Choice