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date: 17 October 2019

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This article explores the basic technical ingredient in modeling conflict as a contest, sometimes called the contest success function. As applied to conflict situations, it is termed the technology of conflict. The discussion reviews stochastic and axiomatic theoretical foundations of different classes of technologies of conflict, and discusses a number of issues that emerge in empirical estimation and model comparison.

Keywords: contest success function, technologies of conflict, stochastic foundations, axiomatic foundations

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