Mathematical Modeling of Social Processes and Sociology

Mathematical Modeling of Social Processes and Sociology

Tolstova Yu.N.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof., National Research University «Higher School of Economics»; Chief Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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Tolstova Yu.N. Mathematical Modeling of Social Processes and Sociology. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2018. No 9. P. 104-112


In socio-economic studies, an important role is played by the so-called methods of mathematical modeling of  social processes, the scale of development of which allows us to speak of their totality as a relatively autonomous branch of  science. This branch was born in the economy. However, the problems solved by it, often arise in sociology. Sociologists are  very weakly interested for appropriate methods. This article analyzes the causes of this phenomenon; the nature of those basic  tasks that are solved with the help of modeling is described; their importance for the sociologist is justified; it specifies how  to adapt the modeling methods to the needs of sociology. Examples of the practical use of modeling in the study are taken  from the publication of Nor-Arevyan, Tarasenko, Ugolnitsky, mentioned above. An anonymous article can be considered an  introduction to this publication of three authors, allowing a sociologist to assess its significance for sociology.

methods of modeling social phenomena; macroeconomic models; model; the role of mathematics in science


Nor-Arevyan O.A., Tarasenko L. V., Ougolnitsky G. A. (2018) Differential-game Modeling of Social Partnership (in the System of Continuing Professional Education as an Example): a Methodology of Interdisciplinary Research. Sotsiologicheskie issledovanija [Sociological Studies]. No. 4: 15–24. (In Russ.)

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