An article in The Atlantic's cities series on ways to measure the complexity of an urban system mentions the research of SFI's Cities & Urbanization team.
"We can begin by examining a city’s population, its economic output, and its physical expanse (many of which have been explored by Luis Bettencourt, Geoffrey West, and their colleagues at the Santa Fe Institute). But where do you go next?" writes Samuel Arbesman, who goes on to examine mathematical approaches to measuring complexity of a system.
Read the article (June 13, 2012)
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