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StudyQuestions_Exam2 - PLS 200 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL...

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PLS 200 Prof. Charles W. Ostrom, Jr. INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE 29 October 2003 Study Questions for Exam #2 1. What is Ockham’s razor? 2. Provide a short definition of a paradigm. What is the dominant paradigm in political science? Describe the basic outlines of rational choice as a paradigm. 3. Define the following in terms of the structure of preferences in rational choice: a. Binary b. Connectedness c. Transitivity d. Non perversity e. Choice set 4. Rational Choice a. What are the five basic steps in the expected value rational choice model? b. What does it mean to say that a person is rational? 5. Value a. How do we incorporate value into a rational choice model? Give an example. b. What is utility? c. Why is utility important to rational choice theory? 6. Uncertainty a. What does it mean to say that a rational choice model incorporates uncertainty ? Give an example. b. How do we quantify uncertainty in a rational choice model? 7. Expected Value: In order to answer the next three questions, place each of the following elements in a generic tree diagram: p1=.6, p2=.5, v1=10, v2=5, v3=20, v4= - 10. a.
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