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Good Read on Modeling Social Emergent Phenomena – But Still Not There Yet!

Good Read on Modeling Social Emergent Phenomena – But Still Not There Yet!

Philip Ball – Critical Mass The most important thing we can do right now – given the huge changes ahead of us – both in society, the world, and technology – is to get some sort of “handle” on what’s coming up. By that, I mean a good set of models. And as a result, I’m on a search for good models. Those that I know, those that are new. Those that make sense, and those that don’t. (We need…

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What Makes a Metastable State Happen?

What Makes a Metastable State Happen?

Metastable States – the Meltdown Precursors I’ve just read a recent column by JL, one of the editors from Taipan Daily. He states, in his column “There Will Be Blood in Europe”: Stepping back a bit: What is so frightening right now, not just in Europe but China and America and Japan too, is the presence of fraud-fueled “Lehman 2.0” catalysts threatening to explode. One could say that the 2008 financial crisis was the mother of all wake-up calls. But…

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"What is X?" – Modeling the Meltdown

"What is X?" – Modeling the Meltdown

“What is X?” – Modeling the 2008-2009 Financial Systems Meltdown We’re about to start a detailed walkthrough of applying a “simple” statistical thermodynamic model to the Wall Street players in the 2007-2009 timeframe. The two kinds of information that I’ll be joining together for this will be a description of Wall Street dynamics, based largely on Chasing Goldman Sachs (see previous blogposts for link), and the two-state Ising thermodynamic model that I’ve been presenting over the past several posts. The…

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Non-Equilibrium Information Theory (DARPA group)

Non-Equilibrium Information Theory (DARPA group)

Of possible interest — DARPA group attempting to use non-equilibrium information theory to study mobile ad hoc wireless networks (MANETs). Lots of information theory pubs, not too sure yet they’re really on to what constitutes “non-equilibrium,” worth investigating.