The Representation of Theories: Research Presentation by Peter Brecke

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The Brown Bag Series sponsored by the International International Affairs Graduate Organization (INTAGO) presents, "The Representation of Theories: Research Presentation" with Peter Brecke.

In this presentation, Peter Brecke will describe how to translate from a theory of a social process that exists within a mind to a computer program that implements the process described by the theory. It does this using as an example a theory of social movement formation. This social movement formation theory is created by integrating three lower-level theories:
- Relative deprivation theory
- Network threshold theory
- Instigator theory

The integration of the theories will be described and then a model created, which contains the variables and relationships described by the social movement formation theory. Then, algorithms that execute the processes of the theory using the variables and relationships in the model will be presented.

Peter Brecke is an Associate Professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and is also the Ivan Allen College Assistant Dean for Information Technology.


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  • Created By: Jene Gladstone
  • Created: 02/07/2011
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016

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