Comment on 'Optimizing Models of Social Systems

James Burns, David Malone

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It is argued that deterministic models of social values are just as valid as deterministic models of social processes. The appropriateness of using deterministic optimization techniques in conjunction with deterministic models of social values and processes is defended on the basis of its expediency as an analytic tool which contributes to an understanding of 1) the model and 2) strategies for controlling that model. The entire process of building models of social processes and using them to test the implications of operations approximations of various value systems is perceived as a supplement to, not a replacement for, more conventional intuitive or hueristic approaches for dealing with social systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-209
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
StatePublished - Mar 1976


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