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Quantitative Sociodynamics

Stochastic Methods and Models of Social Interaction Processes

Authors: Helbing, Dirk

  • Presents a unified and comprehensive overview of stochastic methods to describe quantitatively behavioral changes based on social interaction processes Includes numerous applications of the theoretical concepts Offers the key source in sociodynamics from one of the founders of this interdisciplinary field crossing boundaries of physics, mathematics and social sciences Contains six new chapters and more than 140 pages of new material

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This new edition of Quantitative Sociodynamics presents a general strategy for interdisciplinary model building and its application to a quantitative description of behavioral changes based on social interaction processes. Originally, the crucial methods for the modeling of complex systems (stochastic methods and nonlinear dynamics) were developed in physics and mathematics, but they have very often proven their explanatory power in chemistry, biology, economics and the social sciences as well. Quantitative Sociodynamics provides a unified and comprehensive overview of the different stochastic methods, their interrelations and properties. In addition, it introduces important concepts from nonlinear dynamics (e.g. synergetics, chaos theory). The applicability of these fascinating concepts to social phenomena is carefully discussed. By incorporating decision-theoretical approaches, a fundamental dynamic model is obtained, which opens new perspectives in the social sciences. It includes many established models as special cases, e.g. the logistic equation, the gravity model, some diffusion models, evolutionary game theory and social field theory. Moreover, it implies numerous new results and is relevant for various application areas, such as opinion formation, migration, the self-organization of behavioral conventions, and the behavior of customers and voters. Theoretical results are complemented and illustrated by numerous computer simulations.

Quantitative Sociodynamics is relevant both for social scientists and natural scientists who are interested in the application of stochastic and synergetics concepts to interdisciplinary topics. 

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“This ambitious volume aims to provide a comprehensive account of mathematical methods for the quantitative study of social processes, with a focus on stochastic methods. … To summarise, as an introduction to such mathematics, it is admirably comprehensive and goes through the various derivations in a careful step-by-step manner. … an excellent reference for those with some mathematical expertise in the area to refer to. For those who straddle the simulation and mathematical communities it could be very useful.” (Bruce Edmonds and Mario Paolucci, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, April, 2012)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantitative Sociodynamics
Book Subtitle
Stochastic Methods and Models of Social Interaction Processes
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-11546-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-11546-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-11545-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42402-1
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXIX, 333
Additional Information
Originally published by Springer Netherlands
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