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Putting social science modeling through its paces
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The social sciences can play important roles in assisting military planners and decision-makers who are trying to understand complex human social behaviors and systems, potentially facilitating a wide range of missions including humanitarian, stability, and counter-insurgency operations. Current social science approaches to studying behavior rely on a variety of modeling methods-both qualitative and quantitative-which seek to make inferences about the causes of social phenomena on the basis of obs ... read more

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