SIMULATION: AN INTRODUCTION FOR ANTHROPOLOGISTS,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Anthropologists will not use simulation when other techniques are adequate, but when simulation is the only possible technique available two questions remain technological feasibility and validity. There seem to be situations in the field that require simulation, and at least a useful scale of simulation seems to be feasible if the anthropologist is willing to learn certain skills, obtain certain help, and procure certain equipment--all within his means. The crudest form of the validity question, whether any laboratory study can obtain results at all comparable with those of field studies, has not been answered very well, but seems to be answered affirmatively. It remains for the anthropologist to question validity whenever he uses simulation, or any other method whatsoever.