Specifying the Content of Humble Social-Science Models

by Paul K. Davis

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This paper describes ways to specify important static content of social-science models for counterterrorism without dependence on a particular computer language or environment. The ambitions are modest because the actual knowledge to be represented is limited. The premium should be on simple, clear descriptions that can be communicated, debated, and “validated” across interdisciplinary lines, rather than on pretentious detail. The approach should also lay the groundwork for exploratory analysis because of inherent uncertainties. The paper is at least a start in that direction.

Originally delivered at a conference: Proceedings of the 2009 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC'09), 2009, ISBN: 1-56555-333-0. Information provided courtesy of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International.

Originally delivered at conference: Proceedings of the 2009 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC'09), 2009, ISBN: 1-56555-333-0.

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