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Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology from a Santa Fe Institute Perspective - Readings 2012

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Background Readings (optional)

General Complex Systems: Mitchell, M. Complexity: A Guided Tour (this book will be provided to all participants).


Melanie Mitchell's lectures:

Chapters 2, 15, and 17 of Complexity: A Guided Tour

Steve Frank, The common patterns of nature

Duncan Watts, Too complex to exist

Doyne Farmer and Duncan Foley, The economy needs agent-based modeling

Geanakoplos et al, Getting at systemic risk via an agent-based model of the housing market

Robert Axtell, Why agents? On the varied motivations for agent-computing in the social sciences

Macal and North, Tutorial on agent-based modeling and simulation

Cynthia Nikolai and Gregory Madey, Tools of the trade: A survey of various agent based modeling platforms


Stephanie Forrest's lectures:

A Systematic Study of Automated Program Repair: Fixing 55 out of 105 Bugs for $8.00 Each

Immunology as information processing


Deborah Gordon's lecture:

Prabhakar, B., Dektar, K.N., and D.M. Gordon. The Regulation of Ant Colony Foraging Activity without Spatial Information. PLoS Computational Biology 8(8):e1002670.,

D. M. Gordon, Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior


Aaron Clauset's lectures:

Duncan Watts, Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

A. L. Barabasi, Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means

Mark Newman, Networks: An Introduction

Mark Newman, Structure and function of complex networks


Ken Arrow's lectures:


Luis Bettencourt's lectures:

Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities


Other Reading:

Classic readings on Complex Systems Science can be found on the Complex Systems Summer School Background Readings page.