Accession Number:

ADA513597

Title:

Specifying the Content of Humble Social-Science Models

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Operations Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE