Stochastic Modeling for the Social Sciences


Prof. Dr. Leif Döring


The lectures aim at introducing PhD students in social sciences to stochastic models such as Markov chains and their applications. In a first part a minimum level of needed mathematical tools such as basic linear algebra will be introduced, followed by an introduction to Markov chains. Mathematical content will be addressed on a level accessible to students without specialized Math background. The final part of the lectures gives examples Markov chains and some applications. Overall, we intend to raise awareness of interdisciplinary research between Mathematics and Social Science without using an overkill of methodology.