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Collective Behavior

The evolution of football formations

DAVID SUMPTER 1 WEEK AGO

Will reading the New York Times make me pregnant?

JAMES HERBERT-READ 1 WEEK AGO

The New York Times provided an estimate of"How Likely Is It That Birth Control Could Let You Down?" over a 10 year period. They estimate how many women will have at least one unplanned pregnancy in a ten year period depending on the type of contraception they use. For "typical" use, 86% of women usin...

Did you spot the real fish?

DAVID SUMPTER 2 WEEKS AGO

Thank you very much to all of you for playing our 'Fish Turing Test'. We have had thousands of players for all over the world. The map below shows the locations of the people who have tried to tell the difference between real and simulated fish. If you played the game, then you already know if ...

Microfinance: The power of collective behavior

RANJULA BALI SWAIN 2 WEEKS AGO

Microfinance revolutionized the conventional wisdom that the poor were un-bankable. It demonstrated that microfinance or provision of small scale financial services to a group of poor individuals (predominantly women) could result in almost full repayment. This was in sharp contrast to decades of subs...

Are complex voting systems worth the effort?

ALEX SZORKOVSZKY 4 WEEKS AGO

In the Australian 2013 elections the Motoring Enthusiasts Party won a seat in the senate. Their unlikely success wasn't down to a sudden increase in support, they got only 0.5% of first-preference votes in the state, but was a consequence of the peculiarities of the Australian electoral system. ...

The End and the Future of Occupy Central

VIKTORIA SPAISER 1 MONTH AGO

The Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) protest in Hong Kong lasted for more than 20 days and it seems the protests now come to an end with police clearing the protest camps. Or is there still a chance for the protests to resume? In mid-September, the Chinese University of Hong Kong conducted a ...

The most exceptional democracy in the world

DAVID SUMPTER 1 MONTH AGO

The last 30 years have seen a global trend towards greater democracy. In particular, Eastern Europe, South America and parts of South East Asia have all become more democratic. These changes have been documented by Freedom House, who measure civil liberties and political rights. They provide a number ...

Models for realistic Sustainable Development Goals

DAVID SUMPTER 1 MONTH AGO

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) have led to actions that have reduced poverty and disease, increased access to education and produced other positive effects around the world. But much more needs to be done to share the world’s prosperity and build for a sustainable future. As part of setting ...

A Fish Turing Test

MAKSYM ROMENSKY 1 MONTH AGO

A good test of how well we understand something is how well we can reproduce it on a computer.   This type of 'computer simulation' test was proposed by mathematician Alan Turing as a way of determining whether scientists had created Artificial Intelligence. He suggested that if we can succ...

The Sound of Cicadas: 'Audiolising' Data

JAMES HERBERT-READ 1 MONTH AGO

Data are beautiful. They describe the state of the world around us without us having to rely on subjective feelings or judgements about it. But data can also be tricky – especially when there is lots of it. How do we cope with masses of data and how do we make sense of it all?   We encoun...

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