Power-laws and me

A day or two ago, Anna Broido and Aaron Clauset arxived a paper about how rare scale-free networks really are. If network science was invented today, I think such an article would not raise many eyebrows. Now it already got much attention, and I think it looks like a methodologically solid and important contribution. To someone […]

10 good science books

As a follow-up to my post about ten papers that shaped my science, here are ten favorite books. I limit myself to science-themed books; I get inspired by fiction /other non-fiction too. 🙂 Schelling, Micromotives and Macrobehavior, 1978 Many of my fellow computational social scientists have read it (and those who haven’t already, definitely should). […]

10 fave papers

These are all paper that inspired me through my random walks in academia (with some emphasis on articles that deserve more attention). (It’s an updated version of a blog post from 2012.) 1. P Bearman, J Moody, R Faris (2002) Networks and history This paper blew my mind when I first read it. All of a sudden, […]

Great paper titles

This is a repost of something I wrote two years ago . . I was going to steal some new ones from paper-title connoisseur Sebastian Ahnert but changed my mind. As for other types of human-made stuff, the name for a paper could be as important as the content. For movies, I once had the theory that X! Y […]

Female pioneers in our field

Science is a man’s world. My field is not the most macho, but still, it’s worth mentioning some unsung female pioneers. Working on our essay about simulation in social science, I learned about some I didn’t know of before: Helen Hall Jennings—was behind both the methods and data collection of Jacob Moreno’s “sociograms.” Even though there […]

A good model

Foreword six years after this blog post originally appeared (November 2021). I agree to what I wrote below, mostly. I came to like this attempt (by Claude LĂ©vi-Strauss, Structural Anthropology, p. 181.) at a short answer (although any short answer is bound to be incomplete, and it might not apply to all fields): The simplest […]