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What other sciences look like
Colomer, Josep M.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
In order to have references for discussing mathematical menus in political science, Ireview the most common types of mathematical formulae used in physics andchemistry, as well as some mathematical advances in economics. Several issues appearrelevant: variables should be well defined and measurable; the relationships betweenvariables may be non-linear; the direction of causality should be clearly identified andnot assumed on a priori grounds. On these bases, theoretically-driven equations onpolitical matters can be validated by empirical tests and can predict observablephenomena.
natural and social sciences
political science methods
mathematical models
regression analysis
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