2. Models of Competition, Survival, and Combat

  1. James R. Thompson

Published Online: 29 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118109656.ch2

Empirical Model Building: Data, Models, and Reality, Second Edition

Empirical Model Building: Data, Models, and Reality, Second Edition

How to Cite

Thompson, J. R. (2011) Models of Competition, Survival, and Combat, in Empirical Model Building: Data, Models, and Reality, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118109656.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 24 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470467039

Online ISBN: 9781118109656

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Keywords:

  • ancient Israel;
  • Biblical Books;
  • historical data;
  • Jews;
  • John Graunt's life table;
  • modular data-based wargaming;
  • Volterra's predator-prey model

Summary

This chapter attempts to make some modeling sense of the data on the Jews of Canaan in 1700 B.C. It commences with a discussion on the analysis of the demographics of ancient Israel based on data in the biblical books of exodus, numbers, judges, and II Samuel. It illustrates an example that indicates that the bondage of Israel was of relatively short duration and that, on the whole, the Jews had lived rather well during most of their time in Egypt. One observation that ought to be made here is that in 1017 B.C. David had an army of 1,300,000 after 450 years of war, during which great sacrifices had been made and borne by the Jews. The chapter also discusses the Plague and John Graunt's life table, modular data-based wargaming, Volterra's predator-prey model and some consequences for modeling the human body's anticancer immune response system.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Ancient period