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Is There a Physics of Society? January 10-12, 2008, Santa Fe NM

Organizers: Michelle Girvan (University of Maryland) and Aaron Clauset (Santa Fe Institute)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

11:00 - 11:40 Petter Holme (homepage)

Simple models of teens, diplomats, religious cults and more

Simple models of social phenomena can be used as tools for building hypotheses about the transition from micro- to macro-phenomena. I will discuss a few such models of phenomena such as: youth subcultures, new religions, diplomatic networking, and friendship dynamics; and the general ideas behind this class of models.