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"Calculus of the Battlefield," by David Glenn. Chronicle of Higher Education, 8November 2002, pages A14-A16.

This article discusses the use of quantitative methods, such as game theorymodels, in studying wars and other conflicts. Such methods have limitationsand drawbacks but can provide insights. One difficulty is that the informationneeded in order to create realistic models is often not available. The articletouches on present-day conflicts, such as that between the United States andIraq.

--- Allyn Jackson