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Ramblings on social science, social networks, statistics, data analysis, computing, game theory and alikeSun, 31 Dec 2017 12:40:03 +0000hourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10By: Nikita
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Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:40:03 +0000http://brokeringclosure.wordpress.com/?p=380#comment-63962You said you studied mathematical sociology for several years. Do you have a list of the best articles in this direction? I am a mathematician and now I am investigating which math should be taught to sociologists…
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Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:05:53 +0000http://brokeringclosure.wordpress.com/?p=380#comment-59That is true. It is your “generativity” I had in mind in item 1 in “deducing the consequences”. As in here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b240PGCMwV0
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Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:44:09 +0000http://brokeringclosure.wordpress.com/?p=380#comment-58One could add ‘generativity’ as fourth, where generativity is taken to mean the ability to generate, or derive, new predictions from a set of postulates. When relationships among key theoretical concepts are presented mathematically, one is able to derive more predictions that could be tested empirically than if the postulates are formulated in a natural language. Moreover, mathematical formulation of theoretical hypotheses allows for much more rigorous testing. In a natural language, one can say that a relationship between concepts is positive, but in mathematics the relationship can be specified more precisely, so that one is able to say that it is not increasing, but also, say, linear. Thus, there are more conditions that a hypothesis has to satisfy to be supported by data if it is formal. This, in turn, contributes to confidence in hypotheses which pass such refined and more rigorous tests.
As for the cumulation, or growth of sociological knowledge, there are many examples of such growth within sociological social psychology and group processes.
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Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:04:25 +0000http://brokeringclosure.wordpress.com/?p=380#comment-57[…] in the Social Sciences, Redux In a post over at Brokering the Closure — which sounds like the name of a post-rock group, much like Ed […]
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