2005 | 222 Pages | ISBN: 0521853621 | PDF | 6 MB
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.