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Mathematics and Social Sciences


15. Introduction to Data Analysis

11F, 12S, 12F, 13S: 9L

Methods for transforming raw facts into useful information. Directed toward students with an aptitude for mathematics. Emphasis is placed on the understanding, use, and both oral and written interpretation of exploratory data analysis within the rules of scientific method. With permission from the responsible department, MSS 15 may be used to satisfy some pre-medical, natural science, and social science departmental requirements in mathematics, statistics, and methodology. Limited enrollment.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 3 or higher, or permission. Dist: QDS. Irvine (11F), Levine (12S, 12F, 13S).

36. Mathematical Models in the Social Sciences (Identical to, and described under, Mathematics 36)

11F, 12F: 2A

Prerequisite: Mathematics 13, 20. Dist: TAS. Pauls.

41. Analysis of Social Networks

11F, 12F: Arrange

Students will gather and analyze data on a variety of networks (institutions, communities, elites, friendship systems, kinship systems, trade networks, and the like). Techniques of analysis may include graph theory, text analysis, multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis, and a variety of special models. Not limited to students in the major. Irvine (11F), Levine (12F).

Prerequisite: Mathematics 3 or 6 and some knowledge of statistics, or permission of the instructor. Dist: QDS.

43. Mathematical Psychology

Not offered in the period from 11F through 13S

Prerequisite: Psychology 1, and Mathematics 3 or 6. Permission required.

45. Data Analysis

12S, 13S: Arrange

Examination of the assumptions and interpretation of basic quantitative methods in the social sciences. Methods examined may include linear models, tabular analysis, and Tukey-Mosteller exploratory data analysis. Applications will be wide-ranging and customized to student research. Prior knowledge of elementary data analysis or elementary statistics is assumed. Levine.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 13, or permission of the instructor. Dist: QDS.

46. Models of Voting and Decision Making

11W, 12W: Arrange

Not offered in the period from 11F to 12S

80. Seminars in Mathematics and Social Sciences

All terms: Arrange

88. Topics in Mathematics and the Social Sciences

All terms: Arrange

We call attention to the following courses which include some of the more quantitative and mathematical courses in the curriculum of various social science disciplines.

Anthropology 41: Human Evolution


Engineering Sciences 51: Principles of System Dynamics

Engineering Sciences 52: Introduction to Operations Research

Philosophy 27: Philosophy of Science

Psychology 21: Perception

Psychology 28: Cognition