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**Q-analysis** is a mathematical framework to describe and analyze structures. It was introduced by Ronald Atkin in the early seventies [Atkin (1972), (1974), (1977)].^{[1]}

- Analysis of large-scale systems structure
- Analysis of social network
- Decision making

**^**Jacky Legrand. How far can Q-analysis go into social systems understanding?. Fifth European Systems Science Congress, 2002.

- Atkin, R. (1972). From cohomology in physics to q-connectivity in social science. International Journal of Man-Machines Studies vol. 4, 139–167.
- Atkin, R. (1974). Mathematical Structure in Human Affairs. London, Heinemann.
- Atkin, R. (1976). An algebra for patterns on a complex II. International Journal of Man-Machines Studies vol. 8, 483–498.
- Atkin, R. (1977). Combinatorial Connectivities in Social Systems. Basel, Birkhäuser Verlag.

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