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**Publication Date:**1969-May

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On the Problems of Using Mathematics in the Development of the Social Sciences.

Suppes, Patrick

In the first part of this paper, several important trends of mathematics in the social sciences since the end of World War II are reviewed. Among these are (1) decision theory, (2) the development of macroeconomics as it relates to economic theory and the economics of growth, (3) the general theory of measurement, (4) structural linguistics, and (5) the role of computers. The second part of the paper focuses on problems encountered in attempting to extend the use of mathematics in the social sciences. Included among these problems are (1) the training of graduate students, (2) training in elementary set theory and logic, (3) identification and measurement of variables that will prove significant in social science theories of the future, (4) the problem of linearity, (5) the analytical difficulties of probability theory, (6) the issue of mathematical rigor versus mathematical power, (7) the assessment of the future role of computers in the social sciences and their impact on mathematical developments, and (8) real world predictions versus laboratory predictions in evaluation. (RP)

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**Authoring Institution:**Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Mathematical Studies in Social Science.

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**Note:**Technical Report No. 143 Psychology Series