This short monograph lays out the theory behind, and techniques for, using dynamic modelling, taking the reader through a series of increasingly complex models. At each step, examples are used to explain the process, and also to clarify specific applications of difference equation models in the social sciences

First-Order Nonlinear Difference Equations: Processes of Social Diffusion

The social diffusion model developed in this chapter introduces a more sophisticated representation of change: the nonlinear first-order difference equation with constant coefficients. While the model is not especially complex either substantively or mathematically, it produces ...

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