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Business, Economics, and Finance with Matlab, GIS, and Simulation Models Hardcover – April 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1584883487 ISBN-10: 1584883480 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 1 edition (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584883480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584883487
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Anderson founded Anderson Economic Group in 1996, and serves as a Principal and Chief Executive Officer in the company.

Anderson is a recognized authority on business valuation and commercial damages, and has provided expert testimony and consulting advice to organizations such as General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Kmart, SBC and Labatt USA; the states of North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin; the International Mass Retailers Association, American Automobile Association, Michigan Manufacturers Association, and University of Michigan; and franchisees of Anheuser-Busch, Molson, Coors, Miller, Harley-Davidson, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, and Avis products.

Mr. Anderson has written over 100 published works, including the book Business Economics and Finance and the chapter on business valuation in the book Litigation Economics. He is also the executive editor of three editions of the State Economic Handbook. His 2004 article "Pocketbook Issues and the Presidency" and his 2009 paper "The Value of Private Businesses in the United States" have each been awarded for the best business economics paper from the National Association of Business Economics. Anderson's views on the economy are often cited by national news media including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Public Radio, and Fox Business News.

Mr. Anderson has also taken a leading role in several major public policy initiatives in his home state; he was the author of the 1992 Term Limit Amendment to the Michigan Constitution, and also the author of the 2006 initiated law that repealed the state's 4-decade-old Single Business Tax. Before founding Anderson Economic Group, Mr. Anderson was the deputy budget director for the State of Michigan under Governor John Engler, and Chief of Staff for the Michigan Department of State.

Anderson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Master of Public Policy degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the National Association of Forensic Economists. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce awarded Mr. Anderson its 2006 Leadership Michigan Distinguished Alumni award for his civic and professional accomplishments.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a doctoral student in Finance, I use Matlab a lot for modeling and computation. I had been searching for a reference book that can help me build simulation models using SIMULINK. But the only books available are in specialized fields such as physics or engineering. Patrick Anderson's book attract me immediately by its title. A combination of MATLAB, SIMULATION, GIS and Economics-- that's exactly what I was looking for. It managed to keep up with my high expectation with its highly informative content. The examples given were very well selected and close to application, corresponding Matlab code were neat. It kept surprising me with bonus tricks in using MATLAB(such as getting yahoo stock time seres directly using Matlab, creating XML files), which themselves are well worth the price. I recommend this book to researchers or analysts who want to stand at the frontier of business evaluation, and those who want to exploit the power of Matlab in business forecasting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Hlasny on August 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book appeals to me for several reasons. It discusses sophisticated methods of valuing business enterprises, and critiques competing models with a matter-of-course approach. The reader is given the perspective and reference to related work. Pitfalls of prejudiced and lackadaisical estimation are shown with neat examples.

On the technical side, experienced MatLab users find good ready-to-implement tools, code segments, and references in the book. The book encourages the use of simulation analysis, and brings it down from its pedestal to business-management level as part of a standard business-planning procedure. Given the traditional disregard for detailed GIS data (springing from the absence of software and expertise), this book also brings up the role of multifaceted geography in business performance and strategy. While not a textbook in GIS methods, it fills a gap in reference literature and shows how loaded the concepts are.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By X on August 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Anderson's book is equal parts course and reference guide for using Matlab and simulation models for business and economic analysis. It offers material for both those who have a strong understanding of the programs (though may be relatively new to economic, financial, or market analysis), and those who are just getting started with the program.

The book's greatest strength is the material on Matlab and simulation modeling, combined with the insight the author provides from his extensive experience as a consultant and industry economist.

It should be noted that this book is not an extensive guide to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Although the book provides many helpful examples, and advice on incorporating GIS into business and economic analyses, this is not its emphasis. However, what it lacks in instruction in the area of GIS, it more than makes up for in its other content.

In all, this book is highly recommended. It provides fantastic instruction and reference in using Matlab and simulation modeling tools for business and economic analysis.
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By Dimitri Shvorob on June 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A superficial book that mentions everything from fuzzy logic to Ito's lemma and knows what a Main Street economic consultant would. (I am not seeking to disparage a profession, only to define an area of expertise). It fails completely as far as Matlab and Simulink are concerned: the code is sketchy, and model diagrams sufficiently incomplete and uncommented to be useless. The positive reviews by self-identified doctoral students invite sad thoughts.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By econ student on September 27, 2011
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I agree with the other reviewer who gave 1 star for this book. I have no idea where the other reviewers are coming from. This book is extremely superficial. If you are a graduate level student trying to learn how to model or solve business, economics, and finance problems using Matlab I cant' see how this book will be of any use to you. Even if you are just seeking a very basic introduction to these topics, this book is way too expensive given the content. You can learn more from wikipedia.
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