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Estimating Impact

A Handbook of Computational Methods and Models for Anticipating Economic, Social, Political and Security Effects in International Interventions

Editors: Kott, Alexander, Citrenbaum, Gary (Eds.)

  • Shows technologists & practitioners how to apply information in military & humanitarian interventions
  • Presents a variety of examples illustrating how principles can be applied to diverse spheres (business & social circumstances)
  • Combines 2 key perspectives: emerging technologies & practical execution of interventions
  • Strongly supports the use of computational aids in politico-social fields that remain suspicious of technology
  • Includes contributions from leading experts in the field
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About this book

International interventions are among the most controversial and complex of human endeavors. In today's smaller, flatter, and interdependent world, interventions of all sorts - economic sanctions or aid, natural-disaster relief, various diplomatic or civil-military engagements—are likely to persist and to become yet more complex and difficult. The last decade has seen an explosive growth of research on methods and tools, particularly computational tools, for estimating effects of interventions. In ESTIMATING IMPACT Alexander Kott and Gary Citrenbaum, with a stellar group of contributors, offer readers a broad and practical introduction to computational approaches for anticipating effects of interventions. International interventions and estimating effects of such interventions on human, economic, social, and political variables are of critical importance to business analysts and planners as well as to government policy planners and non-governmental humanitarian organizations. In current practice, intervention-related decisions, planning, and effects estimating rely on historical analogies, on qualitative theories, on expert opinions, experience, and intuition. ESTIMATING IMPACT argues for a broader, more balanced view. It describes how emerging computational techniques can help analysts, planners, and decision-makers in a number of ways: estimating the range of likely future conditions, highlighting unwarranted assumptions, generating alternative approaches, elucidating details and uncovering the potential for unanticipated effects. While the field is still very young, the trend is unmistakable: there is a rising recognition that quantitative, computational methods are indispensable elements—although by no means panaceas —for making prudent decisions regarding international interventions.

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“Anyone involved in modeling or planning will want this excellent introduction. … The book also includes a variety of case studies and examples. The editors provide several tables so that the reader may locate an example related to a mechanism of intervention, an effect of intervention, or a modeling technique. The references at the end of each chapter, as well as the index, are well done. … an excellent introduction to the current field of modeling interventions, and will be useful and worthwhile to readers.” (Brad Reid, ACM Computing Reviews, June, 2011)


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eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6235-5
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Hardcover $189.00
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Softcover $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-8727-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Estimating Impact
Book Subtitle
A Handbook of Computational Methods and Models for Anticipating Economic, Social, Political and Security Effects in International Interventions
Editors
  • Alexander Kott
  • Gary Citrenbaum
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science + Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6235-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6235-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6234-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8727-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 362
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