Modeling Social Behavior and Its Applications

"In this book the editors have compiled a wide variety of models in the social sciences and economics. The social sciences and economy cover a large number of study areas and topics that are very diverse. The topics covered in this book are, of course, not comprehensive and closely related to the research interests of the editors. The word model is also used in its most general sense which is a simplified vision of reality. The chapters in the book give a good introduction to the topics they covered and show to how use modeling techniques to further the understanding of the subject. In some cases, the models can be used to make predictions. I will only mention some of the subjects covered:
Study of the perceived factors affecting happiness, a population based model of bullying, how to rank universities, modeling social behavior in organizations, a constructive capitalization model, and an analysis of data of twitter use.

The models covered go from mathematical models with equations used to represent the simplified reality to statistical models with correlation and data analysis and fitting to others which reduce all the possible factors involved to a few considered the most relevant.

All the chapters used real data to validate the model, have a description of the methods used and have a good set of references. The book is a very useful introduction to a wide range of topics and the interested reader can then use the references provided to get a deeper insight into the topic and adapt the methods and ideas presented to other subjects."
- Benito Chen-Charpentier, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

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