What Can Mathematical Modelling Contribute to a Sociology of Quantification?

16 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2022

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Andrea Saltelli

UPF Barcelona School of Management

Arnald Puy

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Date Written: September 7, 2022

Abstract

Sociology of quantification has spent relatively less energies investigating mathematical modelling than it has on other forms of quantification such as statistics, metrics, or algorithms based on artificial intelligence. Here we investigate whether concepts and approaches from mathematical modelling can provide sociology of quantification with nuanced tools to ensure the methodological soundness, normative adequacy and fairness of numbers. We suggest that methodological adequacy can be upheld by techniques in the field of sensitivity analysis, while normative adequacy and fairness is targeted by the different dimensions of sensitivity auditing. The analysis offers material for a possibly useful interdisciplinary exchange.

Keywords: Ethics of quantification, sensitivity analysis, sensitivity auditing, uncertainty, post-normal science.

JEL Classification: C18, 032, 033

Suggested Citation

Saltelli, Andrea and Puy, Arnald, What Can Mathematical Modelling Contribute to a Sociology of Quantification? (September 7, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4212453 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4212453

Andrea Saltelli (Contact Author)

UPF Barcelona School of Management ( email )

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Arnald Puy

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences ( email )

Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.arnaldpuy.com

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