
Accession Number : AD0757020
Title : Sociology Wants Mathematics.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE DEPT OF STATISTICS
Personal Author(s) : Savage,I. Richard
Report Date : JAN 1973
Pagination or Media Count : 42
Abstract : The current sociological literature contains many examples where the verbal presentation cries out for a formal (mathematical) structure. There are other examples where sociological writings have explicitly used mathematical models which need clarification and analysis. Twelve examples are given of these wants of mathematics. These examples can serve as an introduction for sociologists and mathematicians of the potential role of mathematics in sociology. Some of the examples suggest major research efforts, such as, the further development of social psychology by more complete formal models and other examples suggest major developmental programs, such as, a decision theoretic approach to population prediction. (Author Modified Abstract)
Descriptors : (*SOCIOLOGY, MATHEMATICS), DECISION THEORY, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, PROBLEM SOLVING, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
Operations Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE