Mathematical Modelling: Theory and Applications

Nonlinear Difference Equations

Theory with Applications to Social Science Models

Authors: Sedaghat, H.

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It is generally acknowledged that deterministic formulations of dy­ namical phenomena in the social sciences need to be treated differently from similar formulations in the natural sciences. Social science phe­ nomena typically defy precise measurements or data collection that are comparable in accuracy and detail to those in the natural sciences. Con­ sequently, a deterministic model is rarely expected to yield a precise description of the actual phenomenon being modelled. Nevertheless, as may be inferred from a study of the models discussed in this book, the qualitative analysis of deterministic models has an important role to play in understanding the fundamental mechanisms behind social sci­ ence phenomena. The reach of such analysis extends far beyond tech­ nical clarifications of classical theories that were generally expressed in imprecise literary prose. The inherent lack of precise knowledge in the social sciences is a fun­ damental trait that must be distinguished from "uncertainty. " For in­ stance, in mathematically modelling the stock market, uncertainty is a prime and indispensable component of a model. Indeed, in the stock market, the rules are specifically designed to make prediction impossible or at least very difficult. On the other hand, understanding concepts such as the "business cycle" involves economic and social mechanisms that are very different from the rules of the stock market. Here, far from seeking unpredictability, the intention of the modeller is a scientific one, i. e.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nonlinear Difference Equations
Book Subtitle
Theory with Applications to Social Science Models
Authors
Series Title
Mathematical Modelling: Theory and Applications
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0417-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0417-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1116-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6215-4
Series ISSN
1386-2960
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 388
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