Science at the Edge Seminar

Speaker: Mason Porter, Department of Mathematics, UCLA

Title: Collective Behavior in Online Social Networks, Politicians, and Cows

Refreshments at 11:15 am.

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Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  

Type: Seminar

Location: 1400 BPS Bldg.

Complex systems of interacting entities exhibit “emergent” dynamics in the form of collective behavior. Such behavior, which can take many forms (e.g., flocking, herding, and opinion consensus), occurs in many real and model systems, even though they are not encoded in the microscopic rules of those systems. In this talk, I'll give an introduction to collective behavior, in both model-driven and data-driven studies, with a discussion of three examples: installing applications in online social networks, voting on bills by U.S. legislators, and synchronization of cows.