A colleague has just told me about a new book called “Think Complexity” by Allen B. Downey. To cut from the summary, it’s about: “complexity science, data structures and algorithms, intermediate programming in Python, and the philosophy of science“. Some of the later chapters look at fractals, cellular automata and agent-based models, which is the […]
When people use Twitter on their mobile phones, it is possible for them to attach their GPS coordinates to their tweets. This data is publicly available and we have been collecting it, with the aim of using it to build up a simulation of urban dynamics in Leeds (capturing the ‘ebb and flow’ of the […]
I have recently attended the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting to present a paper entitled: Understanding Crime Context with Novel Geo-Spatial Data (available for download here). Abstract The work of crime analysts and modellers could benefit substantially from the use of new spatial data sets that are becoming more readily available. Examples include […]
As part of their Reading the Riots project, The Guardian and London School of Economics have produced some really interesting analysis of how rumours spread through Twitter during the English riots in 2011. There’s a dynamic visualisation that shows rumours blossoming and fading as more people oppose them.
As part of a much larger European funding initiative, the FutureICT project is proposing to use ICT, Complexity Science and the Social Sciences to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus on sustainability and resilience. One project in particular, the Crime Exploratory, is highly relevant as it aimed to set up […]
The journal SIMULATION has just published a special issue entitled “Agent Based Simulation of Complex Social Systems”. The issue contains an article that we wrote about simulating burglar behaviour.