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Authors: Orlando Gomes (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa) 
Book Description:
Communication is a dynamic and complex process. The study of human communication introduces us to a world of multiple scenarios, agents, variables and interconnections, which are important to understand. As in any scientific discipline, the compromise between abstraction and a rigorous analysis, on one hand, and the need to discuss subjects in all their complexity and deepness, on the other hand, is a difficult task, and some simplifications and shortcomings become inevitable. In the analysis of such a wide and pervasive subject as is communication, it is necessary to choose a path, to define strategies of analysis and to formulate concrete problems.
In this book, communication is worked on the basis of mathematical models that deal with relations between variables of the communicational process. Centering the attention on the notion of dynamic process, techniques of intertemporal analysis and optimal control are considered with the goal of highlighting and reinforcing some of the main ideas that the communication theory has produced and explored in the last few decades.

Table of Contents:
Introductory Note

Chapter 1 – Concepts and Relations between Variables pp. 1-19
1.1 From the Act to the Process
1.2 Communication as a Science
1.3 The Message
1.4 The Context and the Communication Media
1.5 Final Notes

Chapter 2 – A Model of Communication and Choices pp. 21-54
2.1 Structural Elements of the Model
2.2 Dynamics and Steady State
2.3 Learning Dynamics
2.4 Social Interaction
2.5 Applications

Chapter 3 – Optimization of the Communication Result pp. 55-86
3.1 A Model of Allocation of Cognitive Resources
3.2 Optimality Conditions and Dynamic Analysis
3.3 Communicational Interdependence
3.4 Communicational Efficiency
3.5 Applications

Chapter 4 – Corporate Communication pp. 87-118
4.1 The Firm’s Problem
4.2 Organizational Capital
4.3 Equilibrium and Dynamics
4.4 Physical Capital Accumulation
4.5 Applications

Chapter 5 – Communication and Economics: the Digital Goods pp. 119-147
5.1 Preferences and Non Convexity
5.2 Utility Maximization
5.3 Optimal Control
5.4 Production of Digital Goods
5.5 Applications

List of Variables and Parameters pp. 149-152

References pp. 153-158

Index pp.159-165

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 165 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-341-7
   Status: AV
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