COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

CSS SEMINAR - OCTOBER 2, 2015 - AUBLE, BRIGGS, DILLON

Friday, October 2, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

Three perspectives to building a model of mate selection: Comprehensive Exam Takers Share Their Experiences

Brent Auble, Tom Briggs and Clarence Dillon, PhD students
Computational Social Science Program
Department of Computational and Data Sciences
George Mason University

ABSTRACT: There are several suggested approaches suggested for mate selection. Consider these three. A first is to sample n candidates and then select the best of those previously sampled. A second is to date n to establish a threshold and then select the next new candidate above that threshold. A third is to establish a threshold arbitrarily and select the first to exceed that threshold. Build a model to compare these possible mate selection approaches, discuss which is best at creating the most matings and which is best for the herd, and which matches available data for any species of mammals.

Along the way they will also share their experiences with preparing for the CSS comprehensive exam.