An Outline of Approaches to Analyzing the Behavior of Causal Maps

An Outline of Approaches to Analyzing the Behavior of Causal Maps

V. K. Narayanan (Drexel University, USA) and Jiali Liao (Drexel University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-396-8.ch015
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Abstract

Analysis of the behavior of casual maps is not as well developed as the analysis of their content and structure. In this chapter, we propose a set of approaches to examine the behavior of causal maps. Simulation approaches that invoke computer simulations, influence diagrams and fuzzy causal maps are eminently suitable to examine the intrinsic behavior of causal maps. Empirical approaches attempt to build a theory of cognition-behavior linkages from the ground up, by unearthing stable linkages between cognition and behavior. Both approaches could be combined in major programs of research.

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