I am going to bump this post to front of the blog one last time as there has been some interest in this material. It has now been several weeks since we completed the full four week class here at the ICPSR Program in Quantitative Methods. In this course, I (together with my colleagues) highlight the methods of complex systems as well as several environments designed to explore the field. These include Netlogo (agent based models and network models), Vensim (system dynamics / ecological modeling) and Pajek (empirical network analysis). In the final week, we cover a variety of advanced topics:
- (a) Community Detection in Networks
- (b) Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing
- (c) Diffusion Models and Mathematical Modeling with Data
- (d) Exponential Random Graph (p*) Models
- (e) Information Retrieval / Webscraping
Anyway, the slides are designed to be fully self-contained and thus allow for individually paced study of the relevant material. If you work through the slides carefully you should be able to learn the software as well as many of the core principles associated with the science of complex systems. The material should be available online indefinitely. If you have questions, feel free to email me.