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new book announcment

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg12823] new book announcment
  • From: gaylord at ux1.cso.uiuc.edu (richard j. gaylord)
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 04:05:51 -0400
  • Organization: university of illinois
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

sorry for the commercialism but i thought there might be some interest
in the this announcement:

on June 10, the following book was published.

"SIMULATING SOCIETY: A Mathematica Toolkit for Modeling Socioeconomic
Behavior" by Richard J. Gaylord and Louis J. D'Andria  $39.95 paperback
ISBN 0-387-98532-8
TELOS/Springer-Verlag Publisher (1-800-SPRINGER)


the book's table of contents is given at the end of this message.

note: i will be giving a presentation on the material in the book at the
Mathematica Conference in Chicago on Thursday June 18 11:00 am- 12:00
pm. The book will be available at the Conference at the Springer-Verlag
booth or can be ordered directly from the publisher (1-800-SPRINGER)
[note: the order department may tell you the book is due out on july 31
but it is in fact, already available]. i'll let you know when the
authors are going to be on the oprah winfrey show to discuss the book
[or maybe the jerry springer show].

-richard-


Contents

Foreword by Scott E. Page     xi

What This Book Is About     xv

Introduction

Chapter 1: Modeling a Society of Mobile Heterogeneous Individuals     3

1.1  Introduction     3
1.2  Milling About     4
1.3  Computer Simulation Projects     15 1.4  References     16
1.5  Programs in the Chapter     17

Cultural Exchange

Chapter 2: Transmitting Culture     21

2.1  Introduction     21
2.2  The More Alike We Are, the More Alike We Become     21 2.3  The
Closer We Agree, the Closer Our Agreement Becomes     31 2.4  Social
Status and Role Models     35 2.5  Computer Simulation Projects     39
2.6  References     41
2.7  Programs in the Chapter     42

Socioeconomic Transactions

Chapter 3: Deciding Whether to Interact     49

3.1  Introduction     49
3.2  Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me     51 3.3 
I Heard It Through the Grapevine     57 3.4  Signals     61
3.5  Computer Simulation Projects     67 3.6  References     70
3.7  Programs in the Chapter     71

Chapter 4: Choosing How to Behave     77

4.1  Introduction     77
4.2  Choosing One's Interaction Behavior with Another Individual 
   Based on the Behavioral History of the Other Individual     78 4.3 
Aspirations     85
4.4  Computer Simulation Projects     91 4.5  References     98
4.6  Programs in the Chapter     99

Group Interactions

Chapter 5: Grouping and Conforming     105

5.1  Introduction     105
5.2  Forming Neighborhoods     105
5.3  Conforming     112
5.4  Social Norms, Fads, and Fashions     117 5.5  Computer Simulation
Projects     117 5.6  References     122
5.7  Programs in the Chapter     123

Nonlocality

Chapter 6: Social Networking and Moving to Far-Flung Locations     129

6.1  Introduction     129
6.2  Reach Out and Touch Someone     130 6.3  Follow the Leader     135
6.4  Nonlocal Movement     139
6.5  Computer Simulation Projects     145 6.6  References     145
6.7  Programs in the Chapter     146

Appendices

Appendix A: How Mathematica Works     151

A.1  Expressions     151
A.2  Patterns     153
A.3  Functions     159
A.4  Evaluation     166

Appendix B: List and Matrix Essentials     169

B.1  List Manipulation     169
B.2  Matrix Manipulation     174
B.3  Higher Order Functions     182

Appendix C: Graphics and Efficiency     191

C.1  Graphics     191
C.2  Animations and Front End Programming     201 C.3  Simulations in
Limited Memory     203 C.4  Programs in the Appendix     209

Index     215
-- 
"The choice may be in the individual  but the power is in the social
group"  - W.G. Runciman


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