2011 Complexity and Modeling Program Readings

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Readings and Materials

General Agent-Based Modeling

Aligning Simulation Models - Axtell et al.

Agent-Based Generative Social Science - Epstein‎

Modeling Civil Violence - Epstein‎

Complexity of Langton's Ant - Gajardo, Moreira, and Goles

Tasmanian Devils


Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors in Bacteria & Biodiversity - Kerr et al.

RPS on a Small World Network - Szabo, Szolnoki, Izsak

Emergent Behavior of Rock Paper Scissors - Kircher


Statistical Physics is for the Birds - Feder

Autonomous Boids - Hartman & Benes

Flocks, Herds, and Schools - Reynolds

Chaos Theory

Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow - Lorenz


Food Webs - Dunne


The Ant System: Optimization by a Colony of Cooperating Agents - Dorigo, Maniezzo, Colorni


Global Epidemic and Mobility modeler: [1]


Article on the role of airline network in predicting global epidemics.

Maps and cartograms of disease evolution in the US via air traffic.

Curriculum & Tools

Netlogo Mystery Pattern

Walk & Turn (doc)‎

Swords & Shields (doc)

Hillclimbers PDF AND MODEL (.PDF with .nlogo attachent)
PDF File Download ‎

Hillclimbers Tournament Rig
Hillclimbers Example Turtles

Suggested Readings

Why Model? - Joshua M Epstein,

Jim Crutchfield, The Dreams of Theory

Melanie Mitchell, Complexity: A Guided Tour

Thomas D. Seeley, Honey Bee Democracy

Suggested Videos

Video Catalog of SFI Lectures

Iain Couzin, Understanding Human Behavior

Hunting the Hidden Dimension, NOVA documentary on fractal geometry

The Secret Life of Chaos, BBC documentary on chaos theory

Emergence, Abridged NOVA ScienceNOW documentary on emergent phenomena

Progect GUTS Intro to Complex Adaptive Systems