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Review: A Consumer's Guide to Texts on Mathematical Modeling

Reviewed Works: An Introduction to Mathematical Modeling. by Edward R. Bender; An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences. by Charles A. Lave, James G. March; Graphs, Models and Finite Mathematics. by Joseph Malkevitch, Walter Meyer; An Introduction to Mathematical Models in the Social Sciences. by Michael Olinick; Discrete Mathematical Models. by Fred S. Roberts
Review by: Dina A. Zinnes
World Politics
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Apr., 1979), pp. 434-456
DOI: 10.2307/2009997
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2009997
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

Five texts on mathematical modeling in the social sciences which have appeared within the last five years are described and evaluated. The analysis of the texts proceeds by considering such issues as the mathematical background required, general readability, ability of the text to train the reader to develop his own models, consideration of important philosophical issues inherent in modeling, and the types--substantive and mathematical--of models covered. The goal of the review is to pinpoint those texts, or parts of texts, that are most useful to the researcher in international relations.

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