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By Robert Hanneman

ISBN-10: 0803929617

ISBN-13: 9780803929616

This quantity presents a brand new set of instruments for growing and analysing theories. Computer-Assisted concept construction re-orients the best way many social scientists construct and paintings with theories, and it'll turn out of worth to all working towards social technology theorists. simply because verbal formulations are insufficiently particular and mathematical formulations are usually too restrictive, the writer proposes a brand new formal language as a center approach among the 2, advocating laptop simulation versions to permit the formula of extra dynamic theories. Hanneman's theories and types may still stimulate the advance of extra robust explanatory theories in lots of social technology disciplines.

The quantity is split into 3 elements; half One presents the entire instruments essential to comprehend the versions built later, and to start translating present theories into formal dynamic types by utilizing a semi-formal language, DYNAMO. partially , a few widely-used uncomplicated structures are provided in the framework of dynamic platforms, and are tested as development blocks for extra complicated versions. partially 3, more and more complicated versions -- representing all method kinds had to construct theories approximately phenomena of any measure of complexity -- are explored by utilizing computer-assisted simulation types.

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