Modeling and Simulation in the Social Sciences:
An Introduction to Human Complex Systems

Dario Nardi


Price $79.95

Title: Modeling and Simulation in the Social Sciences: An Introduction to Human Complex Systems
By: Dario Nardi
Price: $79.95
Publish Date: January 2010
Number of Pages: 220
Format: 8.5" x 11", color spiralbound soft cover, black-and-white interior
Availability: Ships within 7-10 days
Product Code: 700

There are many approaches in the social sciences to studying human beings. Among these are theories, tools and techniques that allow us to look at social science questions in as scientific a way as possible—to hypothesize, quantify, define, model, test, and simulate. Sometimes a scientific approach involves drawing a graph or using a computer. Often it means observing carefully and using our imagination and analytical problem solving skills. How we think about something, and the tools we use, can greatly influence the policies and options we end up with in the real world. Modeling and Simulation in the Social Sciences is an introduction to some major social science tools past and present, including classic Rational Choice decision making and utility theories, t-maze learning and diffusion models, social networks, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, Temperament Theory, Cultural Theory, memes, genetic algorithms, and multi-agent systems. Each chapter includes review questions, example applications, and links to other theories.



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