An Introduction to Queueing Theory: Modeling and Analysis in by U. Narayan Bhat

By U. Narayan Bhat

This introductory textbook is designed for a one-semester path on queueing conception that doesn't require a path in stochastic methods as a prerequisite. by means of integrating the mandatory historical past on stochastic strategies with the research of versions, this publication offers a foundational advent to the modeling and research of queueing platforms for a large interdisciplinary viewers of scholars. Containing workouts and examples, this quantity can be utilized as a textbook via first-year graduate and upper-level undergraduate scholars. The paintings can also be invaluable as a self-study reference for purposes and additional learn.

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Causal relationships) which are arrived at by testing research hypotheses. 2 Interpretivism Interpretivism holds that to explain human behaviour, social researchers need to understand the meanings and interpretations that people attach to phenomena in the social world. Thus social research cannot proceed by simply applying the methods that are used in the natural sciences. Rather, research is designed to explore the motivations, perceptions, and experiences of social actors. Interpretivism is associated with predominately qualitative methods (depth interviews, observation studies, and so on) that place a high emphasis on validity.

It was also noted in Chapter 1 that there is a third approach to social research – that which is broadly called critical social research. Those researchers who come from a critical school reject both the positivist and interpretivist approaches to social research. They argue that the aim of social research should be to change society for the better. Drawing their inspiration from ideas of critical theory, as developed by the Frankfurt School of Social Research, critical social researchers contend that social research ought to have political goals.

Are they grounded in theory? Do the results have practical implications? ) You are likely to find these most easily by scanning the book’s introduction and conclusion. qxd 9/21/2005 10:57 AM Page 24 A Short Introduction to Social Research 2. Is the study located within a particular theoretical context? ) Is the study informed by particular assumptions about the world? If so, this may impact upon the focus of the research, the data gathered, as well as structuring the conclusions that are drawn.

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