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We will be looking at a common application of linear algebra in sociology and psychology, the domination matrix. Click on the links below and read through the descriptions of these applications:

Domination Matrix, Retrieved February 29, 2008, from http://media.pearsoncmg.com/aw/aw_lay_linearalg_3/cs_apps/dominance.pdf

Graph Theory and Dominance Matrices, Retrieved February 29, 2008, from http://users.wpi.edu/~vadim/LA_I/Projects/project1.html

Do a google.com search using terms like Mathematical Sociology or Mathematical Sociology Linear Algebra and find at least two other webpages where linear algebra is used to model sociological or psychological phenomena. Then write a two to three page paper addressing the following issues:

How realistic are these models?

Do these models give you insights into dominance and similar phenomena that non-mathematical approaches would not?

Do these models simplify complex phenomena in useful ways?

What do these models leave out?

How could these models be improved?

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Brief Description: we will be looking at a common application of linear algebra
in sociology and psychology, the domination matrix. Click on the links below
and read through the descriptions of these applications:
Domination Matrix, Retrieved February 29, 2008, from
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/aw/aw_lay_linearalg_3/cs_apps/dominance.pdf
Graph Theory and Dominance Matrices, Retrieved February 29, 2008, from

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Systems of Linear Equations
we will be looking at a common application of linear algebra in sociology and
psychology, the domination matrix. Click on the links below and read through
the descriptions of these applications:
Domination Matrix, Retrieved February 29, 2008, from
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/aw/aw_lay_linearalg_3/cs_apps/dominance.pdf
Graph Theory and Dominance Matrices, Retrieved February 29, 2008, from
Do a google.com search using terms like Mathematical Sociology or Mathematical
Sociology Linear Algebra and find at least two other webpages where linear
algebra is used to model sociological or psychological phenomena. Then write a
two to three page paper addressing the following issues:

How realistic are these models?
Do these models give you insights into dominance and similar phenomena that
non-mathematical approaches would not?
Do these models simplify complex phenomena in useful ways?
What do these models leave out?
How could these models be improved?

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