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  1. #1 Happiness in a relationship 
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    Hi there. bit of a maths and behavioral thing here

    i've considered the possibility of calculating how happy someone is in their relationship by observing them. and then calculating a score, then over time, i can see how the score the person recieves relates to happiness.
    at the moment its a bit limited as i havent made many observations,
    but as i make more observations i can eventually plot exactly a persons happiness

    started deriving a formula for it. so i was interested in your opinions.

    what variables do you think should be included?
    do you think this task is possible?


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    Behaviorism is a bit passe.


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    elaborate please
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    Well, to borrow from Wikipedia for expediency,

    Behaviorism comprises the position that all theories should have observational correlates but that there are no philosophical differences between publicly observable processes (such as actions) and privately observable processes (such as thinking and feeling).
    Behaviorists thought you could measure a person’s actions and from the measurements deduce his feelings. This idea has few adherents these days, and has been rejected by some (Chomsky?) as non-scientific.

    I don’t know much about it, but thought it should be mentioned since you seem to be headed there, unaware that the path has been well trodden.
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    i think you can generalise.

    obviously each person is going to differ but do you think it would be possible to obtain a reasonably accurate value?

    anyway im going to try and make a formula for it. and obtain a raw value.
    thinking of a scale ranging from unhappy ---- happy.

    and then with enough data, could plot happiness against break up time.
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  7. #6 this is not maths. 
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    if there are any moderators out there, could you please note this thread is naff all to do with maths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FortyOneMore
    if there are any moderators out there, could you please note this thread is naff all to do with maths.
    I've already made an imprint in the same topic in the behavioural forum. If I were a mod. I'd delete this, but I'm not so, meh. :?
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    A mathematical model for human behaviour!?

    At best it is still philosiphy, there is no way one could even start to model human behaviour using maths. Thats millions of years away at least .

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    Oh, you deleted.
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    Yea, I'm sorry I deleted my post. I realized that this was a double thread, and thought that in my opinion this post is relevant to mathamatics, however it still should get a moderator's attention since it is a double thread.

    Originally I said that I do think this thread is mathamatically relevant because jacketate's seems to be trying to find a way to unite human behavior with mathematics.

    I thought I could get away with a quick delete since my post was only up for about a minute, but svwillmer caught me on it. 8)
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    I say put it in behavioral sciences. The project is in a nascent state, with the OP in the midst of framing questions and developing a methodology. These are behavioral, not mathematical, concerns. If the OP had any questions about, say, mathematical assumptions about sampling, or if the (s)he had data and wanted some advice as to what tests to run on it (a good example of such), then I'd say keep it here.
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    if there are any moderators out there, could you please note this thread is naff all to do with maths.
    i disagree, of course this is mathematically related. im using relationships, and variables to try and predict an outcome. seems related to mathematics in my opinion.

    as to using maths to model human behaviour, i believe it is possible, but of course there is the unpredictable nature of human behaviour, but if you make the crazy assumption that all humans will act similair. then you can produce an estimate but of course there will be an uncertainity
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