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New Mathematica Book - "Simulating Society"

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  • Subject: [mg12863] New Mathematica Book - "Simulating Society"
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  • Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 00:28:06 -0400
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I work for TELOS/Springer-Verlag, and we've recently published a new
book on using Mathematica for socioeconomic modeling. It is written by
Richard J. Gaylord & Louis J. DAndria:

Simulating Society
A Mathematica Toolkit for Modeling Socioeconomic Behavior

Here is an excerpt from the foreword by Scott E. Page (Department of
Economics, University of Iowa):

"This book describes how to create with minimal, often beautiful
Mathematica code, computer models of complex human interactions
involving agents (people) who follow changeable heuristics - rules of
thumb - in their day-to-day behavior. The topics addressed in this book
- movements, fads, norms, game playing, social networks, culture, and
conformity - span traditional social scientific boundaries. Many of the
models assume that others - friends, family, peers, and role models -
influence our actions. By deconstructing the code and discussing how to
extend it to richer models, this books says Here is how to make your
own models. This book should whet your appetite for a deeper look at
simulation models in the social sciences. It is like a box of
chocolates: You really never do know what you might get. Thats the
wonder of computational modeling. You define the world, then sit back
and watch it evolve."

Here is some additional information:


Chapter 1: Modeling a Society of Mobile Heterogeneous Individuals
	Principles and techniques
Cultural Exchange
Chapter 2: Transmitting Culture
	Value and belief exchange
	The influence of social status and role models Socioeconomic
Chapter 3: Deciding Whether to Interact
	The optional prisoner?s dilemma
	Gossip and reputation
	The use of signals of intent
Chapter 4: Choosing How to Behave
	Practicing reciprocity and using history-based interaction strategies
	Aspirations and expectations
Group Interactions
Chapter 5: Grouping and Conforming
	Neighborhood formation
	The development of social norms and the spread of fads and fashions
Chapter 6: Social Networking and Moving to Far-Flung Locations
	Interacting with social neighborhoods of friends and family
	Movement over varying distances
Appendix A: How Mathematica Works
Appendix B: List and Matrix Essentials Appendix C: Graphics and


Richard J. Gaylord is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science
and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He
is the coauthor of three other Mathematica-related books, one on
programming and two on computer simulation, all of which have been
published by TELOS/Springer-Verlag. Outside of his professional
interests in simulating social phenomena, he is a dedicated moviegoer.

Louis J. DAndria holds a graduate degree in mathematics from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and works as a Mathematica
programmer for Wolfram Research, Inc. In addition to computer modeling,
his professional interests include number theory, document programming,
computational problem solving, and gardening.

244 pages, 19 illus./Mathematica Notebooks Available via TELOS Website
ISBN 0-387-98532-8
price: $39.95

Please e-mail me at jroth at


-Jason Roth
 Product Manager
 Computer Science
 TELOS/Springer-Verlag NY

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