Welcome

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in the BioFrontiers Institute. I am also External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

The Clauset Lab

My group's research activities are broad and multidisciplinary, and we are active participants in the network science, complex systems, computational biology, and computational social science communities. Our work generally focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which large-scale patterns emerge from the collective actions of heterogeneous individuals and developing novel techniques for inferring such patterns and mechanisms from rich data sources. Much of our work is methdological in nature, and we actively develop novel statistical and computational methods for automatically analyzing and modeling complex phenomena in biological, social and technological systems. All our efforts draws heavily on data analysis, machine learning, statistics, probability, algorithms and graph theory. We are particularly interested in interactions between theory and data, and the development of rigorous methods for the study of complex systems.

Three areas of current work are (i) the large-scale organization of complex networks, with particular emphasis on their modular or hierarchical structure; (ii) the mechanisms that shape the macroevolution of biological species across large spatial and temporal scales; and (iii) the political and physical processes that shape the large-scale dynamics of violent human conflicts, such as modern terrorism and warfare.

Selected Publications

  1. Power-law distributions in empirical data.
    A. Clauset, C.R. Shalizi and M.E.J. Newman. SIAM Review 51(4), 661 - 703 (2009).
  2. Hierarchical structure and the prediction of missing links in networks.
    A. Clauset, C. Moore and M.E.J. Newman. Nature 453, 98 - 101 (2008).
  3. The evolution and distribution of species body size.
    A. Clauset and D.H. Erwin. Science 321, 399 - 401 (2008).
  4. The performance of modularity maximization in practical contexts.
    B.H. Good, Y.-A. de Montjoye and A. Clauset. Physical Review E 81, 046106 (2010).
  5. On the frequency of severe terrorist attacks.
    A. Clauset, M. Young and K.S. Gledistch. Journal of Conflict Resolution 51(1), 58 - 88 (2007).

Follow Us

I discuss these and other interests on my blog Structure+Strangeness and on twitter @aaronclauset.

In General

Finally, for a very quick picture of what my research group studies, here's a word cloud built out of the contents of our papers.