DeDeo Lab for Social Minds


We are currently looking for talented graduate students, undergraduates, and postdoctoral researchers to join us on a wide range of projects in complex systems and cognitive science, including topics in Human Cognition, Biological Computation, Animal Behavior and the Digital Humanities.

Check out recent research and last Spring’s seminar on large-scale social phenomena, browse images of talented collaborators and students from the skunkworks for Whig history, view our long bibliography and lecture video on group cognition and emergent phenomena, and contact us!

Our most recent work is a study of civilization, bureaucracy, and decision-making in the decentralized British legal system, The Civilizing Process in London’s Old Bailey.

A recent preprint is Group Minds and the Case of Wikipedia.

Other recent work includes a study of Wikipedia, Collective Phenomena and Non-Finite State Computation in a Human Social System (PLoS ONE), of the Dynamical Structure of a Traditional Amazonian Social Network, new techniques for Bootstrap Methods for the Empirical Study of Decision-Making and Information Flows in Social Systems (Entropy), new theory for Effective Theories of Circuits and Automata (Chaos), and the discovery of cognitively-driven timescales of conflict in animal societies Evidence of Strategic Periodicities in Collective Conflict Dynamics (J. Roy. Soc. Interface).

Simon DeDeo


I am an Assistant Professor in Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. My office is Informatics East, Room 302. I am affiliated with CNetS, and also with the Cognitive Science Program. My office hours are Fridays, 3–5 pm.

In Spring 2014 I am teaching I400/I590, “Large-Scale Social Phenomena”, for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates.

I am also External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, where for three years I was an Omidyar Fellow. I am supported in part by the National Science Foundation under an Emerging Frontiers grant. I am an editor of the journal Human Computation, as well as a review editor of Frontiers in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

My research centers on problems in computation and cognition in large-scale biological and social systems.

THOTH, a python package for the efficient estimation of information-theoretic quantities, is in development.

Notes (now including lecture video) useful to students at the Complex Systems Summer School at the Santa Fe Institute are online.

At SFI, I ran a blue sky seminar series, a.k.a. reckless ideas. Work on humanistic topics has its own section. Records of the Undecidables, a group interested in questions of self-reference in mathematics and society, are also available. Information Theory for Intelligent People is a short and simple PDF written for past Summer Schools that has found a following; a similar document, Bayesian Reasoning for Intelligent People, is also now available.

Finally, my curriculum vitæ is available.

Simon DeDeo
sdedeo [at] indiana.edu
@simondedeo


photo credit: John D. Norton

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EF-1137929. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Moby Dick, Chapter LV, "Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales"


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