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Mathematical modeling 101

  1. Aug 18, 2011 #1
    Hi All,
    Just wanted to know, what is a good way to learn mathematical modeling?
    I'm a social scientist working with simulation and data, and would like approach the issue more formally.
    Before trying modeling textbooks, what should I know beyond calculus?
    Any suggestions (books, tutorials, etc) are welcomed

  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 18, 2011 #2
    It depends on what you are doing. Linear algebra, stochastic processes, statistics, differential equations, and numerical analysis are common maths associated with constructing models. Having a good grasp of this stuff would let you tackle a great number of problems. But after that there is something of a cultural difference in how an econometrician, social scientist, or physicist usually approach a problem.
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