I am a Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. My research centers on problems in applied mathematics, and in biological and social systems.
I am supported in part by the National Science Foundation under an Emerging Frontiers grant.
The most recent papers from this work are Non-Finite-State Computation in a Human Social System (arXiv, submitted), Bootstrap Methods for the Empirical Study of Decision-Making and Information Flows in Social Systems (Entropy), Effective Theories of Circuits and Automata (Chaos), and Evidence of Strategic Periodicities in Collective Conflict Dynamics (J. Roy. Soc. Interface).
I have a number of illustrious colleagues!
Overview for scientists and for the general public.
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 are online. You also may be interested in the blue sky seminar series, a.k.a. reckless ideas. Work on humanistic topics has its own section.
Finally, my curriculum vitæ is available.
photo credit: John D. Norton
simon [at] santafe.edu
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).
"But the placing of the cap-sheaf to all this blundering business was reserved for the scientific Frederick Cuvier, brother to the famous Baron. In 1836, he published a Natural History of Whales, in which he gives what he calls a picture of the Sperm Whale. Before showing that picture to any Nantucketer, you had best provide for your summary retreat from Nantucket. In a word, Frederick Cuvier's Sperm Whale is not a Sperm Whale, but a squash. Of course, he never had the benefit of a whaling voyage (such men seldom have), but whence he derived that picture, who can tell?"
Moby Dick, Chapter LV, "Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales"