Emergent patterns in nature and society

Video: Network analysis to predict the spread of disease and social contagion

 

Network analysis has been around for decades. Actually, the first paper with reference to graph theory   was published by Euler in 1736. But recent development on computational power and new datasets have open the possibilities to explore questions we couldn’t before, from the study of social influence, the collapse of food webs or the spread of diseases. I found both video inspiring. Hopefully someday I will be able to contribute some answer to the problems of critical transitions in social-ecosystems by applying a simple and old idea – networks – as a way to understand complex systems.

Ps. If you’re interested on social contagion, check Sinan Aral’s recent paper in Science here.

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