Bali's famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while others plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare for man-made systems and lead to optimal harvests without global planning.
How we make decisions— or, rather, how neurons make decisions for us, is the subject of new research published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. In the study, Bryan Daniels, Jessica Flack, and David Krakauer uncover a two-phase collective decision-making pattern which may suggest a general principle of collective computation.
SFI Postdocs wrap up a second 72 Hours of Science with a new paper, exploring record-setting trends, posted to the arXiv.
Agent-based modeling (ABM) has been used to study everything from economics to biology to political science to business and management. This June, programmers and non-programmers alike can learn to model by enrolling in Introduction to Agent-based Modeling, Complexity Explorer’s massive open online course (MOOC).
This volume pulls together 25 years worth of research that builds a case for universal, mathematical scaling laws and their similarities despite striking differences.
Linguistic conventions, such as the French tu-vous distinction, often signify social inequality. In new research, Sam Bowles and colleagues investigate why some such conventions fade over time while others persist as stubbornly as inequality itself.
During a ceremony Wednesday evening, May 4, the Santa Fe Institute awarded Melanie McKinley its Prize for Outstanding Teacher, and recognized 13 Santa Fe-area high school seniors for scientific excellence.
This week at SFI, researchers are looking for the ways to measure collective behavior across different systems.
Community detection is an important tool for scientists studying networks, but a new paper published in Science Advances calls into question the common practice of using metadata for ground truth validation.
According to a new paper published this week in PNAS, creating a quantitative and systematic understanding of how cities generate wealth and better living conditions for their residents would be a big step toward achieving the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.
In a new paper published in the current issue of the American Journal of Political Science, SFI Omidyar Fellow Marion Dumas looks at 40 years of U.S. environmental laws to ask what impact litigious citizens have on the political bargaining process.
Simon DeDeo's new tutorial introduces learners to renormalization — a method for blurring small details in order to capture meaningful features of complex systems.
Starting this week, a new online tutorial teaches quantitative approaches to understanding game-like interactions between multiple decision makers.
Why salmon migrate in 'pulsing' patterns is the subject of a new paper published today in Animal Behavior.
In a new study, SFI Omidyar Fellow Eleanor Power analyzes the social benefit of religious participation in two South Indian communities.