This review is written at a time of great activity in mathematical anthropology, including the recent publication of edited volumes by Kay on mathematical anthropology (35), by Romney, Shepard & Nerlove on multidimensional scaling (50), and by Buchler & Nutini on game theory (8). In addition there have been recent reviews of the field by White (63) and Holfman (31). Space does not permit a complete discussion of all instances where mathematics may have a place in anthropology, so I have chosen to emphasize some topics which have not been fully discussed in the other two review articles. These are measurement problems, some probabilistic topics in social organization, and spatial analyses.


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