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CL # 4, Some comments
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Nov 14, 1996 10:36 PM




Re: CL # 4, Some comments
Posted:
Nov 10, 1996 8:00 PM


On Sun, 10 Nov 1996, W. Gary Martin wrote:
> At 1:18 PM 11/9/96, Ralph A. Raimi wrote: > >On Sat, 9 Nov 1996, Andre TOOM wrote: > > ... > >Such situations might involve mathematics, but the fuzzy part is > >generally social and not mathematical. To the question, "Which form of > >measurement here would be most convenient?", there might not be one > >correct answer; but such a question is not a mathematical one. Here a > >parliamentary approach is best, with each participant guaranteed a right > >to the floor at some time in the debate. > How can you say that this is not a mathematical question? I'm baffled. > Trying to determine the most appropriate or convenient means of modeling a > situation seems to me very mathematical. There likely are many possible
I would agree that this is not mathematics. The mathematics is in the model, not in what is modeled. (Clearly this is not to say the thing being modeled is unimportant nor that the modeling does not involve mathematics.)
Jack



