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Keynotes, Working groups, and Conference Papers

UPCOMING- latest date(s)

August 19, 2014, Doug White. "Cultural Anthropology as Fieldwork and Comparative Science" UCI: Banning House Talk for University Extension.

March 18-22, 2014, Doug White and Tolga Oztan, Session Co-Chairs. SASci Meeting (joint with the Society for Applied Anthropology), Invited Session: "Science Gateway Analytic Modelling for Cross-Cultural Research." Invited papers for the Wiley Companion for Cross-Cultural Research,

November 20-24, 2013, Doug White and Tolga Oztan. "The Evolutionary Lattice of Kinship Behaviors." Nov 22nd Friday 1:45-5:30 - Prime Time. Kinship Panel "THE KINSHIP PAST and THE FUTURE OF A KINSHIP PUBLIC. organized by Dwight Read and Fadwa El Guindi. 2013 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.
How the three basic dimensions in the world's ethnographic formal concept (Galois) lattice of joking, avoidance and respect are organized by a Network of Variable Analysis (NoVA) reproducible at the Complex Social Science (CoSSci) Supercomputer Gateway.

Aug 5-9, 2013, Wednesday. Doug White,and Robert Sinkovits. Plenary Speakers. "Cohesive subgroups and analysis of networks." SDSC Summer Institute. San Diego Super Computer, UCSD.

July 22-26, 2013, Doug White and Tolga Oztan. "The Probable Evolution of Kinship Behavior." XSEDE Gateway to Discovery Conference, San Diego.
How the three basic dimensions in the world's ethnographic formal concept (Galois) lattice of joking and avoidance are organized by a Network of Variable Analysis (NoVA) reproducible at the Complex Social Science (CoSSci) Supercomputer Gateway. abstract submitted Keywords: Causal analysis, Galois lattice, Human evolution, Cooperativity, Kinship, Cross-cultural database, CoSSci supercomputer gateway

July 22-26, 2013, Doug White and Tolga Oztan. "The SoSSci Gateway for Research and Online Training in the Social Sciences." XSEDE Gateway to Discovery Conference, San Diego.
Abstract: The UC Irvine Complex Social Science Gateway (CoSSci): provides researchers and online courses (MOOCs, Coursera, Moodles and & Open Access for Online Education) with Human Sciences and Environmental databaseses, autocorrelation modeling, cooperative bonding in k- and pairwise cohesion and network modeling in small and large networks; including kinship, exchange and social or informational bonds. abstract submitted
Keywords: Online Education; Human and Environmental Sciences; databases and R software; autocorrelation modeling; network analysis; cooperativity; social, informational, exchange and kinship bonds

July 6-9, 2013, Participant in the UC Education ESRI Annual Conference.

May 21-26 2013, Tolga Oztan, Doug White, Robert Sinkovits and Telmo Menezes. Complex Social Science Gateway: Autocorrelation Modeling, Kinship Modeling, k- and pairwise cohesion in Large Networks, & Open Opportunities for Online Education. Friday am, May 24, 2013, Session on Large Scale Networks Analysis-2. XXXIII Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Hamburg, Germany.

Autumn 2013 (British Academy Funding Proposed). Doug White, "The Reinvention of Comparative Research." Conference on Comparative Anthropology in the 21st Century. 2 day venue, London. Sponsored by the University of Kent, UK, Center for Social Anthropology and Computing (David Henig, Michael Fischer) and Co-Chaired by Stephen M. Lyon, Durham University.

Nov. 14-18, 2012. Doug White and Tolga Oztan. Theory of Foragers, Networks, and the Evolution of Cooperation Session on Boundaries of Discipline, Boundaries of Kinship organized by Dwight Read and Fadwa El Guindi. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

June 6, 2012. Doug White and Tolga Oztan. Effects of Structural Cohesion in Forager Networks in the Evolution of Cooperation Complex_Networks_Seminar, SDSC, San Diego, CA.

Oct. 18-20, 2012. Doug White and Tolga Oztan. P-graph generation levels and Kinship Simulations via Randomization of Marriages. Kinship Simulations: Final workshop of the SimPa Project. Maison des science de l'Homme. Paris France.

Oct. 11, 2012. Doug White. The cooperation of unpacked foragers, epistemic frames and epistemic game theory. Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.

June 6, 2012. Doug White and Tolga Oztan. Effects of structural cohesion in forager networks on the evolution of cooperation San Diego Supercomputer (UCSC) Complex_Networks_Seminar, UCSD, San Diego A Network Theory of Human Evolution, contra Richard Dawkins' theory of the selfish gene

Mar. 26 - Apr. 1. 2012. Organizer, SFI Causality/Robustness Working group Meeting 4. Douglas R. White, Tolga Oztan, Peter Turchin, Amber Johnson, Henry Wright, Marcus Hamilton, Laura Fortunato, Karolina Safarzynska. (unable to attend: Chris Boehm, Scott White, John Snarey). Santa Fe Institute.

Feb. 5, 2012. Doug White Cohesive Subnetwork Causality in the Evolution of Cooperation: How did humans come to be prosocial? Artificial Intelligence (Elkan) Seminar in Computer Science, UCSD, San Diego.

Aug. 28 - Sep. 11. 2011. Organizer, SFI Causality/Robustness Working group Meeting 3. Douglas R. White, Tolga Oztan, Giorgio Gosti, Elliott Wagner. Santa Fe Institute. Causality Group Newsletter 1#1

Jun. 16 - July 2. 2011. Organizer, MPI Causality/Robustness Working group Meeting 2. Douglas R. White, Tolga Oztan, Giorgio Gosti, Ren Feng. Leipzig, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences.

Aug. 20 - Sep. 5. 2010. Organizer, SFI Causality/Robustness Working group Meeting 1. Douglas R. White, Tolga Oztan, Ren Feng, Henry Wright, Scott White. Santa Fe Institute.

Nov. 18-21 2010. "Kinship networks from social and genetic perspectives" Sunday, November 21: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM. -- Conference schedule. -- Family/Demographic Session 14 on Biological and social aspects of Kinship. Session organiser: Patrick Heady. Social Science History Association, Chicago. There is increasing interest on the part of demographers and family historians in kinship connections that reach beyond the reproductive couple and the co-residential household. Biological and social theories of kinship offer different ways of understanding these connections. Biological (a.k.a. evolutionary) theories use the idea of "inclusive fitness" to explain how patterns of mutual care, partner choice, and property transmission may vary in relation to each other and to the economic environment. Socio-cultural theories of kinship look at family ties as instances of wider patterns of social classification and interaction. Long thought - particularly by socio-cultural anthropologists - to be incompatible, there have recently been significant attempts at a rapprochement between the two perspectives. In these two sessions we hope to contribute to this process - and demonstrate its relevance to historical and demographic concerns - with the following papers. SSHA session abstracts
Paper: "Kinship networks from social and genetic perspectives" Abstract. A simple way to construct kinship networks from genealogical data that enables analysis of kinship structure and genetic transmission is to let mated pairs or unmated individuals be nodes and the arcs between nodes be the link between child and parent. This parental-graph forms a directed asymmetric graph (p-DAG). Individuals may have more than one line of matings or progeny. Pseudo- or p-generations are constructed by line-length minimization of the p-DAG. These are not unique whenever generational length differs for males and females. P-graph frequencies of types of mating (or marriage) and their overlaps are unique. Given the numbers of offspring of distinct mating types their effects of inbreeding can be partitioned.
A simulator such as Repast, using random permutations of who mated with whom within pseudo-generations, is used to compute, for a given p-DAG, a statistical baseline for random mating, given the composition of families by generation within the network. P-DAGs and computations are illustrated for real populations, including expected frequencies for matings classified by type and departures from expectation that are statistically significant. This allows for study of kinship structure and how structured deviations from random mating affect inbreeding and avoidance of genetic inbreeding effects for specific populations and for kinds of kinship structure. Findings from the case studies have relevance to historical and demographic concerns.

"Inferential statistics using simulation for kinship network structure and dynamics" Doug White. Sunbelt INSNA XXX Riva del Garda (near Trento), Italy June 29-July 4, 2010.

Workshop "Progenitive Network Analysis" Doug White and Andrej Mrvar. Sunbelt INSNA XXX Riva del Garda (near Trento), Italy June 29-July 4, 2010.

Invited lectures March 25-26, 2010 AY 2009-2010 Notre Dame - Henkel Visiting Scholars Social Network Lecture Series
Thurs Noon. Informal colloq talk, presumably more of a grad and faculty network audience on:
"Complex networks: "Beyond small world and scale-free to generalized entropic networks" (the social circles model)" (Complex networks: q-Scale versus scale-free).

Thurs 4 PM McKenna Hall, Room 100-104, large venue Public lecture "Networks: History behind our backs (evolutionary learning and globalization policies as competitive network-building 1300-2010)"
Abstract. This paper aims at sharpening the network analyses of historical processes in Eurasia and Africa in the last millennium. I examine the regular increments of policy-driven "evolutionary learning" of states in developing the technologies for attempts at economic and political domination and the effects that competition and warfare have on the growth and network structure of trade routes. Models of network properties are used to show effects of and/or consequences for (1) mercantile betweenness versus flow centralities, (2) national government control of trade versus periods of malfeasance and corporate corruption, (3) policies protecting domestic manufacture versus elite wealth, (4) periods of price equilibrium versus collapse in the global economy, (5) the emergence of Kondratieff and shorter business cycles, (6) the mobility of nations in the postwar global economy, and (7) issues of war and peace, private and government armies.

Friday Morning. Informal talk for the anthro undergrads: We meet 8:30-9:20am, Hammes Mowbray 313. How nice that you are visiting ND, and my class in particular! Thank you for accepting our invitation. It is a "theory" class -- Perspectives in Anthro Analysis -- for upper division undergraduates, and I would like them to be exposed to the basic tenets of Network Analysis/theory, from whatever angle you might think appropriate/relevant/engaging. Unfortunately they have never been exposed to it, so the level has to be a bit introductory, hopefully raising their questions in the last 15 minutes or so. It's a nice group (of 16). I'm looking forward to seeing you again! Best wishes, Maurizio. -- Can give the students the "Kinship, Class and Community" article, have them view Network_Analysis_and_Ethnographic_Problems and for further fun with networks on the students' part I enclose some ethnographic kinship datasets that can be viewed with Pajek. Can discuss topics "social networks, grounding ethnography in community genealogy, and ethnographic comparisons."
You will be arriving at ND on a Wed., staying two nights, and departing on a Friday. Again thanks for being part of an exciting visiting scholar series! David Hachen , Associate Professor, Co-Director, Inter-Disciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA). cell 574.850.7938. Administrative Director, Zoltan Toroczkai, Physics. Co-director Nitesh V. Chawla, Computer Science.

Invited participant, February 18-20, 2010, ComSES planning conference, ASU. Network for Computational Modeling in Socio-Ecological Sciences (CoMSES) PROJECT SUMMARY: The often non-linear, non-intuitive, and even surprising relationships and consequences that emerge from complex interactions between human social practice and the biophysical environment make it imperative that scientific models - including their underlying assumptions, algorithmic processes, logical consistency, and connections with empirical data - be transparent and quantitative. For this reason, computational modeling in general and agent-based modeling (ABM) in particular are important tools for research in socioecological sciences (SES). National Science Foundation programs like CNH explicitly encourage quantitative modeling and computational thinking as important approaches for research on the recursive interrelationships between society and environmental change. Indeed, 88% of all CNH grants mention modeling and nearly 20% specifically mention ABM. Yet ABM, as an exemplar for new forms of computational modeling especially relevant for socioecological dynamics, remains little used or understood in the broader scientific communities involved in the science of coupled natural and human systems. It is widely perceived as inaccessible to social and natural scientists in spite of the fact that ABM has existed as a potential research tool for nearly two decades and is mentioned in many CNH proposals. Intellectual Merit: Important challenges of scientific infrastructure have retarded the spread of computational modeling into research domains where it could be most profitably used - including constraints on disseminating modeling-related research through existing scientific channels, lack of frameworks that permit researchers engaged in modeling to build on each others work, the lack of a common descriptive language for models, and difficulties in evaluating the quality and applicability of modeling-related research. Building on a successful, NSF-funded pilot program, we propose to establish a scientific research collaboration network to confront and begin to mitigate these issues. This network will serve as a coordinated community of practice and a conduit to expedite knowledge exchange for computational modeling in SES; it also will seek to grow scientific infrastructure so as to better serve research that uses computational modeling by:
1) establishing an interactive, online archive for computational models (including for review of models associated with publications) and associated standard data testbeds for model evaluation;
2) promoting a common standard for model description;
3) developing educational curricula for embedding modeling and computational thinking in the normal practice of social and natural science.
4) establishing a new e-journal dedicated to publishing research in the social and natural sciences that involves computational modeling, and studies of modeling methods and empirical evaluation.
This network will include scientists and institutions with an established record of computational modeling in research on coupled natural and human, and actively seek young researchers who wish to gain new expertise in this field. Network Members: The network members, too numerous to list here individually, will be drawn from the current OpenABM Consortium, representatives of NSF CNH and other research projects, and international modeling platform development teams and research projects. Broader Impacts: This project seeks to stimulate new interdisciplinary learning opportunities for a large number of students. With the ever-increasing importance of information technology and related cybertools in today's world, training in conceptualizing social issues from an algorithmic perspective and skills at using advanced modeling technology will broadly benefit students' careers. This project also has the potential to transform social and natural sciences in profound ways. A systematic and reliable understanding of the complexly coupled social and natural systems in which we all live, and which affect our lives directly on a day-to-day basis, is as important for our well-being as an understanding of the nonhuman world. In fact, many of the 'environmental' challenges to the quality of life that we face in the 21st century are in fact social problems; environmental change is only a 'problem' when it impacts humans. A computationally sophisticated science of socioecological dynamics can become an active contributor to the ongoing discussions over how we will collectively organize human social action that impacts the nonhuman world, and in turn has consequences for ourselves.

Withdrawn Feb 17-21 Albuquerque SASci. Paper title "Uses of TIPP and PUCK, P-graph and PAJEK, in Computation and Network Analysis Kinship data."
Abstract. TIPP and PUCK are programs by Klaus Hamberger and the French teams, P-graph is Doug White's format for PAJEK analysis and visualization of kinship networks. Here I report on ethnographic applications." Panel participant/paper: Kinship systems in practice: Connecting theory, methods and ethnography. Organized by Victor DeMunck.

Withdrawn SASci Meeting, Saturday session, Feb 17-20. Albuquerque (ABQ). Send abstracts to: Benjamin Blount bblount13239@sbcglobal.net. Paper Title: "Multi-pronged causality and disconfirmation: how probabilistic inferential statistics completely change the ballgame in cross-cultural and survey research" Events
Keywords: network interdependence, spatial mapping with GIS, missing data imputation, exceptional case analysis, autocorrelation, causal estimation.
Abstract: Twenty seven studies using inferential statistics to estimate causal and autocorrelation effects in the standard sample are examined. Compared to conventional null hypothesis testing, significance tests for regression coefficients typically shrink by factors of 10-100, invalidating most prior results in cross-cultural studies. Instead, a sparse network of probable causal effects among variables is drawn, accompanied by spatial clustering and language family effects. Competing theories to explain different sets of results are examined, along with exceptional empirical cases.
Session concept by Kronenfeld: This is a session where the underlying pitch is for careful empirical theory that has empirical implications and where the empirical implications are examined. Beyond to look at cases where either careful attention to the actual logical implications of some given theoretical assertions or careful consideration of relevant empirical cases undermines what otherwise might look to be an attractive theory. And examples that involve a little bit of drama are always fun.

Invited speaker November 20, 2009, Friday noon-1:00. powerpoint: Old world city systems and economic networks 950-1950 The primary audience is demographers, largely from sociology, who are interested in networks but don't have a lot of knowledge. There will also be a group of people who identify as networks people. Both grad students and professors will be there. I think we're interested in pretty much anything -- if you have several potential topics in mind, I could let you know what might fit best, but otherwise anything that you're interested in will likely work well. Social Dynamics and Complexity, ASU, Arranged by Sarah.Hayford@asu.edu for Dieter Armbruster, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Michael Barton, School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Invited speaker see page 104 Printed Program - for Social Science History Association Nov 12-15, 2009 Long Beach. Christopher Chase-Dunn.session for the social science history meetings in long beach november 12-15 on synchrony. Paper title: "Synchrony and Networks in Urban History: How the growth and decline of cities and rise and fall of city-size hierarchies is related to the netwwork structure of intercity connections." ssha conf powerpoint
Session Title: Synchrony in History (Paper session -- Complete)
*Time:*Sunday, November 15: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM *Status:* approved for program *Primary Network:* Macro-Historical Dynamics
*Other Networks:* Historical Geography, States and Society

  • chris chase-dunn (chriscd@ucr.edu ) -- Creator, Chair, Organizer, Discussant
  • douglas white (/synchrony and networks/ how the growth and decline of cities and the rise and fall of city-size hierarchies may be related to the network structure of intercity connections powerpoint
  • turchin peter /synchrony and networks in state formation/ about the rise and fall of states and how there network interconnections may bring rise and fall sequences into synchrony
  • hiroko inoue. /east asian synchrony/ (inoueh02@student.ucr.edu an investigation of population and polity cycles in japan and china
  • richard niemeyer (richard.niemeyer@gmail.com - about the theory of panarchy and how the structure of network connections sometimes leads to synchronous cycles of rise and demise

    Invited NAACSOS key speaker "Complex Networks and Dynamics: Communicability and Cycle Centrality" North American Association for Computational Social and Organization Sciences ASU Oct 23-24, 2009. Right click to download NAACSOS2009.ppt. Abstract. "DAG networks such as are found in the social sciences define hierarchies but most social networks have cycles of linkage in which communication creates feedback: reciprocity, redundancy, and centralization, for example, and accompanying changes in network density, average and variant distance, clustering, power differentials, and multicohesive groups, each varying over time. Social network analysis (SNA) has developed methods that converge with fundamental physical models to treat the dynamics of these processes. The thermal Green's function, for example, uses matrix eigenvalues to study of particle (or social actor) random movement is channeled probabilistically through networks. Decomposition of network processes through time using these methods allows us to study network dynamics. A variety of examples, from the bifurcation of a Karate club to changes in the structure of the world economy, are presented to illustrate the study of network structure and dynamics." Contact:
    Lyn Mowafy, Coordinator
    ASU Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
    IS&T Building 1, Room 412

    Panel on large scale historical dynamics.Budapest, on June 17-18, 2009: Conference on "The Unexpected Link Using network science to tackle social problems." Invitation of Balazs Vedres
    "The evolution of the medieval world economic network, and the Chinese link," Panel on large scale historical dynamics, Budapest Conference on "The Unexpected Link Using Network Science to tackle social problems" June 18-19 2009, Hosted by Central European University. Participants so far includes Harrison C White, Doug White, Santiago Saura, Joe Luczkovich, Antonio Bodini, Villy Christensen, Brian Uzzi, Noshir Contractor, David Stark, Jeffrey Johnson, Maoz Zeev, Bruce Kogut, Raghavendra Gadagkar, and Mario Diani. George Soros and his Quantum Funds executives expressed great interest in this conference, and would join for some panels.
    We have a website that we will use to collect practical information about the conference: CEU/CNS
    In terms of timing, it would be great if you could stay a day or two after, and maybe a day before. There are lots of research questions that I would like to consult you about. And we could also just relax a bit, maybe go for a dinner that you missed the last time because you had a cold. I can reserve a small apartment at the guesthouse where you stayed the last time if that is ok.

    Panel chair (but unable to attend), Fifth International Conference "Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations" June 23-26 2009, Moscow, Russia

    "Network embedding in economic and sociological networks and in grounded ethnography and complexity sciences" paper for the UC Multicamplus Research Program Initiative May 18, 2009, UC Davis, organized by Zeev Maoz

    Invited paper (declined) on topic of Group as Individual in Social Dynamics April 30-May 2, 2009, Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Arizona State University. Co-Directors, Jennifer Fewell and William Griffin. Abstract: Structurally k-cohesive Groups have some of the causal influences usually attributed to individuals: They act, achieve objectives, and are attracted and attached to other social entities. Empirical evidence for these propositions is presented from a variety of sociological and anthropological network studies and is demonstrated in the study of empirical tie-formation dynamics. Accepted papers (none submitted)

    Session co-chair and paper giver Kinship network analysis XXIX Sunbelt INSNA conference, San Diego, March 15-19, 2009. (Program) - papers from the Wed 12th Kinship session, 10:40-12:00 session. K-cohesion and emergent causality in kinship and social networks - Doug White, University of California, Irvine. Powerpoint Abstract. For kinship and social networks k-cohesive groups are well defined k-component subnetworks: (1) not separable except by removal of k of their nodes; (2) wherein each pair of nodes has a minimum nonnegative integer k of connective paths that have no intermediate nodes in common. Menger proved that these two properties are equivalent. The ck number of each node in a network is the maximum k for its memberships in k- components. Cohesive embeddings and scalability are properties of the k-cohesion model; k-cohesive groups may overlap and necessarily have inclusion relations within those with lesser values of k. Applied to empirical data the models entail potentials for cooperation and thresholds of emergent causality. Tests of general hypotheses about emergent causality in relation to k-cohesive groups and ck-numbers of nodes within various types of networks - friendship, business, kinship and networks with oppositional conflicts - support the theoretical utility of this measurement framework. Prospectively, small-group experiments are planned to aid in measuring the effects of differing cohesive embeddings.

    Invited Workshop (Dec 4) and 2008 Distinguished Lecture, Friday, 4pm December 5. Arthur Iberall Distinguished Lecture Series on "Life and the Sciences of Complexity," sponsored by the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action. Previous lecturers were Yates, Bassingthwaighte, Kelso, Beek, and Kugler. A suggested title would be "Social Physics." The speaker typically arrives on the Wednesday, leads a workshop on Thursday, and gives the Iberall Lecture at 4pm on the Friday. Invitation of Michael T. Turvey michael.turvey AT uconn.edu. The speaker (and often spouse) stay in the guest facility of our home. It is noteworthy for having an English pub, "Sweet William's" on the premises! Wednesday night is usually a welcome pub night with relevant faculty. Thursday night after the workshop is a gathering and dinner at the home of Professor Claire Michaels with all CESPA faculty and students. Friday night is dinner and pub night at our house, typically with 40+ guests for dinner (Iberall family, faculty from a variety of universities and disciplines, doctoral students, etc). All speakers to date have had a grand time, intellectually and socially. You might wish to confirm with Gene Yates. Your fare and accommodations will be taken care of (as noted) and there is a $500 honorarium. I sincerely hope you can accept this invitation. Bringing Ibby's ideas on a social physics to the series would be of special significance. -- Mike Turvey
    Sixth Annual Arthur S. Iberall Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place on Dec. 5, 2008 at 4:00 PM in Alvin M. Liberman Room in the Bousfield Building at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Our speaker is Douglas White; the title of his lecture is "Social Physics: Networks and Causal Chains"
    The flyer can also be read on the website of the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action (CESPA): Social Physics: Networks and Causal Chains
    Directions to the Storrs Campus, campus maps, and hotel information are available at the University of Connecticut's visitor website

    Invited live videoconference presentation. 1.5 hour presentation, half hour discussion, Quai Branly anthropology museum, Paris October 24-25, 2008, on new approches to computing and kinship. 3-5PM, 6-8 AM US time, My talk is Friday the 24th, from the UCSD Distance Learning Center.

    Santa Fe Institute, Behavior Group Talk, Friday Sept 12, 2008 "Testing causal effects of structural k-cohesion"

    September 2008: Had to turn this one down, unfortunately: Would you accept an invitation to be a key note speaker at the 6th European Social Simulation Association conference in Surrey in the UK on Wednesday 16? The ESSA conferences are the oldest and best established social simulation conference series and (in my opinion) has the best papers.
    You would be of particular interest to our attendees due to your mix of interests from social network analysis and ethnography. Social simulation is at a tipping point and I hope that your talk could play a small part in nudging the field towards some useful modelling and away from simplistic/toy models.

    June 30-July 3, 2008 - Academy of International Business annual meetings in Milan, Italy, Competitive session - Tom Nakano and Douglas R. White "Power-Law and "Elite Club" in a Complex Supplier-Buyer Network: Flexible Specialization or Dual Economy?"

    Invited Tutorial June 24th 3:30-17:00, 2008, "Organizational, social, and complex generative networks." International Workshop and Conference on Network Science (NetSci 08) will be held on June 23-27, 2008. Norwich BioSciences Conference Centre, located on the Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK (http://www.nrp.org.uk). Invitation from Jozsef Baranyi

    Refereed paper 11:10-11:30 Wed June 25, 2008: Beyond modularity: density generalized block modeling. J. Reichardt, D. R. White. Network Science (NetSci 08) June 23-27, 2008. programme Norwich BioSciences Conference Centre, located on the Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK (http://www.nrp.org.uk). Abstract: in pdf

    Invited speaker, seminar on Advanced Statistics, Sociology Dept, U Geneva. 12:00 June 12, 2008, "Advanced methods for fitting competing models of degree distributions from networks and city size distributions" Invited by Eric Widmer, Michel Oris and Gilbert Ristchard

    Invited colloquium speaker, Biweekly Sociology Colloquium, U. Cologne. June 4 or June 11 2008. "Autocorrelation Models in Cross-Cultural Research." Invitation of Joerg Roessel. (moving from Cologne to Zurich in February)

    Invited colloquium speaker, Selected Challenges in the Social Sciences: Modeling and Simulation Approaches. Department of Sociology, U. Zurich. "Complex Social-Circles and Feedback Networks." Invitation of Dirk Helbing. Tues, May 27

    Xi'an, China, May, 2008. 6 Lectures.

    Invited (Plenary) speaker (declined), "The World as it Was: State and Prestate Comparative studies in Ethnography." Harvard University. SOMETIME BETWEEN APRIL 16 AND MAY 16, 2008. Organized by James Robinson and Jared Diamond.

    106th AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2007. Theme of AAA Meeting: Difference, (In)equality & Justice. Session: Computational Models in Anthropology: What Are They Good For? Why Should You Care?
    Organizers: Laura McNamara and Lawrence Kuznar. Revised Paper (Identity and Difference): What Good are Models? Title and Outline:
    "Using Models in Ethnographic Falsification and Reconstruction"

  • Checking ethnographic descriptions by Logical Contradiction, Simulation, and Reconstruction: The Natchez Example
  • Resolving Ethnographic Disputes and Reconstuctions: The Case of Chukese (Trukese) Residence Rules (Schneder vs. Murdock, Goodenough and Fischer)
  • The Sociocentric/Cognitive (Dravidian) Controversies in South Asia (e.g. Pul Eliya) and South America: Controlled Simulation in Ethnographic Reconstruction
  • Reconstructing Australian Closed and Open Network Prehistories: The benefits of weak models for Cognition (Read) and Behavioral Dynamics (White, Denham, Leach, and Houseman)
  • Using Behavioral Dynamic Models in constructing alternative planetary futures
  • Toward better understandings of Identity, Difference, and Indigenous Rights

    Original Paper Title: "Revisitng Questions of Identity and Difference: Eurocentric Biases in Modeling Australian and Dravidian Social Networks"

    Abstract: The theme of the title allows this discussion to place the work we (M.Houseman and I) have done on Sri Lanka and South Asian concepts of reciprocity, examine assumptions about closure and isolation in ethnographer models of Australian social networks (in the work done with W.Denham), and compare these issues with those of modeling complex social organization in the America, as with the conceptual biases in the ethnography of the Natchez. It would reconfigure the ground for modeling social structure away from concepts of kinship to those of social networks, identity, and reciprocity as concepts of identity and difference.

    The work of modeling here consists of eliminating imported Eurocentric assumptions about social structure, reintroducing a more generic concept of social networks able not only to absorb indigenous concepts but to see how they relate to larger issues of intergroup discourse on the one hand and indigenous rights to land and property on the other.

    The European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS'07) Meets in Dresden, Oct 1-5 Paper submission by March 31.

    Aug 7 2007 from 10:30AM to 11:50AM. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Production Chains Nakano and White. "The "Visible Hand" in Production-Chain Markets: Empirical Study of Harrison White's Network Model", accepted for presentation as an Interactive Paper. Your paper will be included in an interactive paper session titled "Supply Chain Design II".

    July 30-August 10. Three three-hour (six 1.5 hour) lectures (five 1.5 hour and one final disussion section) to be given for the "Advanced Thematic Introductions" of the (first) French Complex Systems Summer School, Paris. This new series of international Summer schools is coordinated by the French National Network on Complex Systems (NNCS). This year's event is organized by the Complex Systems Institute Paris - Ile de France (ICS PIF) and will take place in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris. See also the Reseau national des systemes complexes.

    Lecture 1 (1 hour+Discuss+Break): Complex Dynamics of Distributional Change - Systems of Cities pdf ppt paper.
    Lecture 2 (1 hour+Discuss): Small-World Dynamics on a Continental Scale - Demographic Systems and Mating pdf ppt
    Lecture 3 (1 hour+Discuss): The Evolution of Collaboration and Recruitment/Innovation Cycles in the World Biotechnology Network (pdf)
    Lecture 4 (1 hour+Discuss+Break): Pricing, Monopsodies, and Hierarchical Structures of the Largest Industrial Systems
    Lecture 5 (1 hour): MLE, the Feedback Network (Social Circles) Generative Model, and Retrofitting Empirical Network Findings to Generative Models paper in pdf with Natasa Kejzar, Constantino Tsallis, Doyne Farmer and Scott White.
    Lecture 6 Generalized Block and Bloc Modeling, Joerg Reichard and Douglas R. White, and The World Economy 1965-1980
    Tutorials: Using R, Pajek, and Spss for Simulation, Estimation, Visualization, Testing (Static and dynamic models)

    Faculty: Part I

  • Marc Barthelemy (CEA)
  • Arndt Benecke (IRI)
  • Yves Burnod (Univ. Paris 6)
  • Jeff Johnson (Open University,UK)
  • Chris Moore (Santa Fe Institute)
  • Nadine Peyrieras(CNRS - Gif)
  • Misha Rosenblum (Universitaet Potsdam)
  • Eors Szathmary (Collegium Budapest)
  • Douglas White (IMBS University of California Irvine)
    Faculty: Part II
  • Jim Crutchfield, University of California (USA)
  • Eugene Stanley, Boston University (USA)

    The aim of the school is to provide in-depth reference lecture courses to a multi-disciplinary audience of researchers as well as advanced students. The lectures should thus be "introductory-yet- advanced" since prospective students are not expected to be familiar with all the fields covered. They should thus treat of specific classes of complex systems or, transversally, of theoretical tools and methods.

    The lectures will be recorded and made available online via the web site of the Open University of Complex Systems (to be created in January 2007). The main objective of this Open University is to offer courses under the "Creative Commons" agreement
    Organizing committee Hugues Chate Khashayar Pakdaman Paul Bourgine Annick Lesne Nadine Peyrieras

    International School on Complexity: Course on Statistical Physics of Social Dynamics: Opinions, Semiotic Dynamics, and Language. Directors: Vittorio Loreto and Luc Steels. Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center For Scientific Culture Erice, Sicily, 14-19 July 2007. Satellite Workshop of STATPHYS 2007.
    Application: Academic qualifications, present position and affiliation: External faculty, SFI, prof IX off scale, Institute of Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, UCI, Chair, Social Dynamics and Complexity focused research group, IMBS, Scientific Council, French National Network of Complex Systems 2007-2010, Council Member, Complexity Science Society, 2005-2009 (formerly European CSS), Steering Committee, Complexity Science Conferences, 2005-2009 (formerly European CSC)
    A brief description of your work and your motivation to participate to the school (i.e. why you believe that you might contribute to the school): Applications of q-exponential models to simulations, empirical network studies, and the historical dynamics of urban systems and trade networks, connected to MLE fitting of longitudinal and generative datasets suggests some connections of 1-to-1 mean value parameterizations theorem to studying the relation between generative (elementary probalistic and simulation models) to a range of problems in social network analysis and dynamics.
    Tentative date and time of arrival and departure (morning or afternoon), possibly specifying your flight numbers: July 12-19
    If you plan to present a poster or a demonstration, please provide an abstract or a description of your work: I would like to give one of three papers, each has co-authors:
    'Oscillatory dynamics of city-size distributions in world historical systems'
    'Generative Model of Feedback Networks'
    'MLE, the Feedback Networks Model, and Fitting Generative Networks to Real-World Networks?
    I think any of these could relate closely to the themes of the conference, but to link more directly to the themes of Social Dynamics and Opinions I could treat within the theme of the third of the proposed talks our analysis of the contents of seven opinion questions within the context of network interviews of five groups of circa 100 members for groups of Chinese rural-urban migrants and studies of their social networks, one of the largest network and opinion studies ever done in China (with the Stanford and Xi'an Institutes of Demography scientists

    NSF/ESRC Sponsored Special Activity:
    Agenda-setting Workshop to explore Anthropological Applications and Development of e-Science/CyberInfrastructure
    Prof. Michael Fischer, Prof. David Zeitlyn, University of Kent at Canterbury
    We invite you to participate, expenses paid, in a small agenda- setting workshop (about 15 people) hosted by the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) at the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK), with proposed dates of June 15th-19th 2007 (see note). The aim of the workshop is to explore the implications and applications of shared computer resources to anthropological research, and to advise on the future development and expansion of AnthroGrid, a network recently initiated by CSAC to facilitate development of a more cumulative anthropology by sharing computational and other resources. You do not need to prepare a paper prior to the workshop. We expect to develop a future edited book from the workshop.
    Am participating through a video connection

    "Rethinking Social Complexity and Resilience: Human Survival and Complex Network Dynamics at Continental Scales" 4 Campus UC Videoconference on Human Social Complexity, April 20, 2007. Pdf at the website. here is the ppt

    Possible video participation:
    The working group "Boundaries" of the Young Academy plans a workshop on comparative methods on June 30th, 2007 in Gottingen. This meeting is going to focus on "Comparative Methods and Interdependence," the problems that the interdependence of cases poses for the comparative method. To have a fruitful and inspiring discussion we attempt to convene practitioners of various forms of the comparative method from different disciplines, amongst others from sociology (Charles Ragin, Benoit Rihoux, Michel Lamont), from Anthropology (Charles Barnard), from history (Benedicte Zimmermann, Michael Werner) and from political science (Detlef Jahn, Bernhard Ebbinghaus). The complete schedule for the workshop will be specified during the upcoming weeks. We would also like to invite you to this workshop and would be pleased if you would participate with a presentation of your work on comparative methods. (Invitation from Joerg Roessel )

    Columbia University, Sociology Department Conference on Economic Networks, "Dynamics of City System Rise and Fall: Mid-Asia, China, and Europe over 25 periods in the last millenium of globalization" PDF March 26, 2007.

    Abstract: A 25 period historical scaling of city sizes in regions of Eurasia (900 CE-1970, mostly in 50 year intervals) shows both rises and falls of what are unstable city systems, and the time-lagged effects of urban-system rise and fall in Mid-Asia on China and of China on Europe. These are indicative of some of the effects of trade networks on the robustness of regional economies. Elements of a general theory of complex network dynamics connect to these oscillatory "structural demographic" instabilities.

    The measurements of instability use maximum likelihood estimates (MLE) of Pareto II curvature for city size distributions and of Pareto power-laws for the larger cities. Collapse in the q-exponential curve is observed in periods of urban system crisis. Pareto II is equivalent under reparameterization to the q-exponential distribution. Further interpretation of the meaning of changes in q-exponential shape and scale parameters has been explored in a generative network model of feedback processes that mimics, in the degree distributions of inter-city trading links, the shapes of city size distributions observed empirically.

    The MLE parameter estimates of size distributions are unbiased even for estimates from relatively few cities in a given period, They are sufficiently robust to support further research on historical urban system changes, such as on the dynamical linkage between trading networks and regional city-size distributions. The q-exponential results also allow the reconstruction of total urban population at different city sizes in successive historical periods.
    Papers by other faculty:
    Harald Katzmair (www.fas-research.com): The Robustness of Economic Power. Director Interlock Networks in the United States
    David Stark and Balazs Vedres: Politicized Business Ties. Business Networks and Political Parties in Hungary

    March 15, The UCI Network Research Group Meeting (3/15). Irvine. "The Social Circles (Feedback) Generative Network Model and Its MLE." See Natasa Kejzar presentation, Applied Statistics conference, 2005 Discussion paper

    SASci Meeting, February 21-24, 2007, San Antonio, TX. Main Theme: Four-Field Anthropology and Science.

    SASci Workshop. short course. Tutorial in public domain instructional and research materials for Cross-Cultural Research.

    Description: SASci instructors can now download all the materials needed to teach a cross-cultural research course in a computer lab equipped with Spss for the students. This can also be a 3-week module or an even shorter problem-oriented module within a seminar. All the materials for such courses have been contributed to the public domain. The url for downloading these materials is given above. THIS WORKSHOP will offer prospective instructors or researchers a short course in cross-cultural research using an effective tutorial for mapping cross-cultural variables, doing single factor and principal components analysis, multiple regression analysis with solutions to Galton's problem of historical nonindependence among the cases, and cross-tabs with simple rules for interpreting statistics. The instructional materials are suited for and tested for upper division and for graduate seminars.

    SASci Session on Historical Dynamics: Paper: The Indigenous Australian Marriage Paradox: Small-World Dynamics on a Continental Scale ppt

    Douglas R. White and Woodrow W. Denham. SASci Session on Formalization as a Tool for Empirical Research. What it Buys us and What it Doesn't. Organized by David Kronenfeld.
    ABSTRACT Ethnographies of Indigenous Australian language groups suggest that their populations were consistently small, averaging perhaps 500 people each, while classical models of their kinship systems consistently embody endogamous marriage as both a norm and a logical requirement. However, paleodemographers argue that reproductively closed small human populations are doomed due to stochastic variations in birth rates and sex ratios. How did these societies avoid extinction and indeed persist in Australia for 40,000 years and more? We introduce a mathematical model of Aboriginal descent, marriage and kinship that is reproductively open rather than closed, show how the openness articulates with traditional closed models, and demonstrate how the resulting system might maintain dynamic population stability despite internal and external stresses that might otherwise lead to extinction. Our proposed resolution of the Australian Paradox shows some of the possible advantages of mathematical and network modeling.

    Society for Cross-Cultural Research. February 21-24, 2007, San Antonio, TX.
    SCCR Symposium: Historical Dynamics in Cross-Cultural Perspective Chair: Andrey Korotayev (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow) and Leonid Grinin, (Volgograd Center for Social Research, Volgograd)
    Paper: Eurasian city system dynamics in the last millennium ppt
    ABSTRACT A 25 period historical scaling of city sizes in regions of Eurasia (900 BCE-1970) shows both rises and falls of what are unstable city systems, and the time-lagged effects of the early urban rise in the Mid-Asia on China and of China on Europe. Other elements of historical population dynamics (structural demography and periods of scarcity with rising sociopolitical violence) figure into the observed city system dynamics. The paper focuses on MLE measurement of instability, and tests a theory of network dynamics at they affect city system instabilities.

    Workshop on aspects of Social and Socio-Environmental Dynamics. School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
    Jan 22-23, 2007..D.R. White

    paper: Urban and ecosystem dynamics: past, present, future. ppt pdf
    ABSTRACT Analysis of city system hierarchies in the last millennium makes clear that city sizes, for individual cities, and for systems of cities, are dynamically unstable, although models of the near equilibrium dynamics of historical dynamics can account for most some of the potentials for structural stability through recovery or replacement much of which takes place through economic and political competition. Competition changes the shifting centers of the world political economic system. The work of Geoffrey West and colleagues shows that the competitive components of city systems are energy inefficient with scale. They are faster in pace and their energy metabolism grows higher with scale, contrary to biological systems. Both the instability of city systems and the global warming of the industrial period are a consequence of this energetic inefficiency. Thus, after reviewing the historical data, I focus here on the future of cities in the age of global warming. This requires a rethinking of the planetary ecology of cities and their eco?zones in the next century when global warming of 3 degrees centigrade will more than double CO2. There are huge runaway feedback effects as well in the degradation of carbon sinks and plus the bubbling of methane seas in the now open tundras of Siberia. Even without further feedback effects, sea level is predicted to rise 45 feet or more in the next century. Simply put, we have to think about the redesign of new forms of cities in their eco?zones and watersheds, as to how they can meet requirements of local sustainability. In other words, given the 10% or more of humanity that will be displaced on coastline cities, how can new ecologically efficient cities at smaller scales support populations that will take on the attributes of cities and the attractions of populations to cities of smaller scales.

    See also City instability and Batty, Michael. 2006. Rank Clocks. Nature (Letters) 444:592-596.

    Conference Programme Committee, Review Papers 8ce5cf European Conference on Complex Systems 2006 (ECCS '06), Said Business School, University of Oxford, 25-29 September 2006

  • ECCS06 Session Photos Gallery Flyer organized by Doug White and Peter Turchin
  • pdf of conference paper -- White, Tamboyang and Kejzar Early PPT slides in PDF PPT slides
    see also CAMS Complexity and Emergence

    Papers by Tsutomu (Tom) Nakano, Kwansei Gakuin University/External Affiliated Faculty, Center on Organizational Innovation, Columbia University; and Douglas White, University of California-Irvine/Santa Fe Institute, American Sociological Association's 101st Annual Meeting, August 11-14, 2006, in Montreal. The convention theme, "Great Divides: Transgressing Boundaries," explores the complex processes and institutional underpinnings that create boundaries. Session on "Networks and Organizations"
  • The Large-Scale Strategic Network of a Tokyo Industrial District: Small-World, Scale-Free, or Depth Hierarchy? Complex Systems Session organized by John Padgett.
  • Power-Law and "Elite Club" in a Complex Supplier-Buyer Network: Flexible Specialization or Dual Economy? Social Networks Session, organized by Martin Ruef.

    JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings) Invited Lecture,August 6-10, 2006, Seattle, Washington. Session chaired by Cosma Shalizi. Seattle Convention Center. 7 August 10:30am-12:20pm. Tom Nakano and Doug White "Depth Partitions and Hierarchical Network Structure in a Tokyo Industrial District." Abstract. We explore the implications of the theory of Harrison White, Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production, using a network statistics analysis of an industrial district of 8500 firms in Ohta District, Toyko.


    Thursday June 22, 2006, 1:30-3:00 - VidCon S06#6 Human Science and Complexity (Video Recorded)
    Doug White and Laurent Tambayong (IMBS, UCI), "The Five Alternations Between Global Economy and Regional Economies in Eurasia in the Last Millennium: Definitive Evidence of Macro Civilizational Dynamics." Abstract: Studies of macrosocial system dynamics over the past two year have suggested large scale ?cityquakes? that radically altered the shape of urban city distributions worldwide, especially in Eurasia, alternating between more global economies and more regionalized economies. We present the first definitive evidence and explanation for what these cityquakes entail and argue that we are on the cusp between a continuation of the dynamics of the past, which if continued would entail globalization, and a precipitous and early collapse into divisive regional economies, a transition which is preceded by interregional wars and the breakdown of interregional trade.

    "Innovation, Networks and Dynamics," Presentation to the final ISCOM meeting, 20-24 May, 2006, in Venice

    Santa Fe Institute, Monday May 15, 2006
    "A relational law of city networks, network biconnectivity, trade, and the Q-dynamics of historical city size distributions"
    by Laurent Tambayong and Douglas White, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, UCI.
    Abstract: This will be an informal researcher discussion of results and theory for historical scaling laws and dynamics in the period of economic markets, 900 CE to the present, focusing on the 73 largest cities in 23 time periods for Eurasian trade. It is also a broader follow-up to the ppt presentation from the Friday symposium.

    "Network Dynamics of City Sizes, Trade Networks, and Conflict" Santa Fe Institute, Annual Science Board Symposium, May 12-13, 2006. (In collaboration with Laurent Tambayong)

    Friday April, 2006, 21 1:30-3:00 - VidCon S06#2. Tsutomu (Tom) Nakano, Kwansei Gakuin University and External Affiliated Faculty, Center on Organizational Innovation, Columbia University, and Doug White (IMBS, UCI) Powerpoint pdf "Networks-Affect-Pricing Theory in Modern Production Industry: Three Network Studies of the Giant Industrial District of Tokyo" Abstract. We analyze six questions about production-chain markets that emerge from three empirical studies of trade relationships among over 8,000 firms in a large-scale industrial district in Tokyo. Are they Small-World? Scale-free? Hierarchical? Etc. Analyzing predictive cohesion structures and substructures in the network we find support for network-affects-pricing theory that differs from H. White's model. Supplier-buyer relations are hierarchical (a directed acyclic graph), with no exchange cycles that would promote price equilibrium. We find linked network configurations likely to affect pricing. Multi-connectivity is a critical seeding mechanism where quasi-optimal exchange pricing can be achieved. But a core of elite firms was also detected that organizes status differences among firms and serves to institutionalize role structures in the production markets. In addition, structural advantages in pricing accrue to core firms because suppliers upstream in the hierarchy operate through a preponderance of multiple-supplier triads, which enforces competition among suppliers and transmits pricing benefits to elite firms downstream. Elites exert power over the hierarchy from the top down, share elite suppliers with other elite end-producers, and can dominate price-setting from the top.

    "Discovery of oscillatory dynamics of city-size distributions in world historical systems," D. White and N. Kejzar ppt as pdf full paper: This will become a shorter paper addressed to the specific themes of globalization and evolution in interpreting our findings would be the most appropriate, and we would publish the more technical aspects elsewhere. Summer would be a good ETA for such a revision.
    Globalization as Evolutionary Process Modeling, Simulation, and Forecasting Global Change, sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, meeting at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg , Austria , April 6-8, 2006,

    Causality of Network Configurations in Historical Dynamics: Some Hypotheses and Evidence. March 23, 2006 International Studies Association San Diego 47th Annual ISA Convention. Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. UPLOAD PAPER HERE powerpoint: Rethinking World Historical Systems from Network Theory Perspectives: Medieval Historical Dynamics 1175-150 paper - ISA2006March23.pdf

    Monday, March 20, 2006. Workshop participant. Measuring and modeling state formation since the iron age. With Chris Chase-Dunn and Peter Turchin. The workshop will focus on defining the scope and methods of our empirical and modeling project. Participants will be asked make short presentations on particular topics and we will have group discussion of each topic for the purpose of producing a feasible project plan that improves upon the proposal that was submitted to the NSF.

    Keynote speaker European Conference on Complex Systems Paris, 14-18 November 2005. powerpoint: Civilizations as Dynamic Networks Alternate Title: Abstract: Networks, Hierarchy and Complexity, Multi-net analysis and nonlinear dynamics, with some methods and results in complexity science. Wednesday: Nov 16, 9:50-10:40.

    Abstract. Although the talk will focus only on civilizational networks as an example, many complex systems are composed by multi-nets, i.e., multiple networks undergoing change in time series. Understanding the behavior of multi-net systems poses some basic questions:
    1) how should we represent and model multiply layered and evolving networks (multi-nets) so as to discover their instabilities and nonlinear dynamics?
    2) what are some of the common properties induced by dependence on co-evolution with network topologies?
    3) does a generalized Boltzmann-Gibbs entropy, that takes into account network dependencies and hence long-range correlations, have applicability to modeling complexity in social systems?
    4) what is the contribution of a combination of multiply layered networks, time series, methods of study for nonlinear dynamic interactions (identifying oscillations and instabilities), simulation, nonextensive BG entropy, and tracking co-evolution of network topology?
    The examples illustrated are city attributes and networks, industrial networks, agent search behavior, and marriage choice; each includes issues of the co-evolution of network topology and micro-macro linkages. Five sets of results are discussed:
    1. A simulation that shows how modeling of results with generalized Boltzmann-Gibbs (q-) entropy takes long range correlations into account in known network dynamics relating to agent search behavior. http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0508028 SFI working paper (incoming comment: you might find interesting the paper about measuring growing mechanisms in networks (interaction behavior, or preferential attachment (PA)), especially regarding your neat recent arXiv paper, where perhaps it may be relevant in the particular case of PA related to degree (alpha), social distance (beta & gamma)
    2. A q-entropy worldwide scaling of the 28 historically estimated city-size distributions is investigated for nonlinear instabilities in urban systems. pdf
    3. Investigation of a multi-net coding and longitudinal analysis of agrarian civilizations as dynamical networks (Medieval European and Eurasian datasets) showing nonlinear dynamic interactions.
    4. Analysis of collaborative multi-nets in the world biotech industry shows an interactive dynamics of recruitment for innovation and organizational consolidation. AJS 210(4): 1132-1205.
    5. Multi-net construction of social structure through mate choice and co-evolution of social network topologies. Complexity 8(1):72-81.

    Founding Lecture, Sept 30, 2005, Four-Campus UC Human Sciences and Complexity VideoColloqium. powerpoint: Civilizations as Dynamic Networks Alternate Title: "Networks, Hierarchy and Complexity, Historical Modeling and Simulation: What do Network Interdependencies have to do with Civilizational Dynamics?" To play this vidcon talk off the web, you will need Real Player, which is a free download. Then open "real player", play something, and in the url window you can cut and past the url below into the real player address bar or just click here.

    streaming video #1: rtsp://media.nacs.uci.edu:554/ITC/SocialScience/White/Anthro-093005.rm

    Transforming Ethnographic Data and Analytical Problems into Network Data Suitable for Complementary Analysis and Theory Halle Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology June 27 2005 Powerpoint examples

    Invited discussant, ISCOM conference, Santa Fe Institute, August 2005

    Invited speaker, Civilizations as Dynamic Networks, Institute of Ethnology, University of Cologne. June 28, 2005

    Invited speaker, Theory and Analysis of Kinship Networks, Anthropology Department, University of Hamburg, June 20, 2005

    Invited speaker, Civilizations as Dynamic Networks, Anthropology and Sociology, Central European University. June 2, 2005

    Faculty of Economics and School of Social Science, jointly sponsored seminar, University of Ljubljana. Title: Network Dynamics of Inter-Organization Collaborations in Biotechnology, 1988-1999, Douglas R. White, in collaboration with W. W. Powell and J. Owen-Smith. May 24, 2005.
    Abstract of the discussion. The growth regimes of complex networks account for many of their structural features and behavioral effects. In the case of collaborative alliances among organizations in the biotech industry, the dynamics of inter-connection helps forge cohesive clusters of prominent nodes into an elite that can play gatekeeper and arbiter roles in an expanding network. The characteristics of such emergent elites, however, depend intimately upon the structural locations of the partners that form new ties (Powell et al., AJS 2005). Systems where cores deepen their internal connections conserve their position, but may calcify. Those that expand their reach by forming connections to newcomers and to the network's periphery increase responsiveness and innovation at the cost of incoherence. Analysis of twelve years of longitudinal network data from the biotech industry demonstrates that a mix of expansive and conserving ties account for that industry's particular combination of stability and responsiveness. A structural and dynamical view of network growth offers new insights into the distinctive features of social and economic networks, while linking models of network dynamics to debates in organizational theory and innovation studies. Analysis of dynamics shows interactive and periodic oscillation between consolidation within the multiconnected core of the industry and recruitment by core organizations of newcomers or peripheral partners in the network that have a high potential for innovation and complementarity.

    Anthropological Science invited seminar, University of Ljubljana, Title: Anthropology and Structural Cohesion: Theory and Four Ethnographic Examples, May 27, 2005.

    Network Dynamics and Scaling (with links to pdfs and with powerpoint) Information Society as a Complex System (ISCOM) Third Annual Meeting, Reggio-Modena, Italy. April 4 2005

    Genealogy and Social Cohesion invitation from 17th Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier. Montreal. October, 2004, to speak on "The uses and practices of genealogy in the human, social and biological sciences," Meetings cover a wide spectrum of scientific, societal or cultural themes bringing together a variety researchers, artists, politicians, etc from Europe and North America.

    International SFI Collaboration on Network Analysis using Pajek: Powerpoint slides Civilizations as Complex Networks. Aug 23, 2004. Abstract. General scientific strategies for complex evolutionary processes emergent out of network interaction might require capturing long term dynamics first, in this case the interaction between relatively slow processes of population growth pressing on resources building pressures for sociopolitical violence, and how these affect stacks of processes that operate at faster time scales. Turchin's work shows oscillatory dynamics in multiple civilizational contexts at a secular (2-3 century) scale in which organizational innovation leaves lasting organizational changes that generate millennial trends. Micro dynamics resulting from demographic-violence crises in the period and region examined (1175-1500 CE Europe and peri-European region beginning with a largely demonetized economy) drive monetization at the macro-level and differential growth of commercial production regions that is mediated by network variables (placement in the geographic and trade network). Entailment relationships among commodities and urban or trade-node variables change over generational time scales - the current research problem involving how these coevolve with demographic-violence phases and regional network positional effects. Strong statistical tests are used for identifying empirical dynamics, changing entailment relationships, new graph theoretic measures and statistical techniques (ring cohesion) are used for measuring cohesion and its effects, and new network measures of flow centralities contribute to time-lagged predictions of changes in the relative prominence of cities and states within the evolving world economy.

    Seminaire Pajek: Workshop on Genealogical Analysis in History and Ethnography. Centre Roland Mousnier. Universite de Sorbonne, Paris. June, 2004. Ring Cohesion in Marriage Networks

    Modeling the Dynamics of Network Formation and Evolution. Workshop on Dynamics of groups and institutions: Their emergence, co-evolution and environment. Santa Fe Institute and the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences, from June 7 to June 11, 2004. Vlado's photos (self-exploding file)

    Santa Fe Institute working group paper on Civilizations as Dynamic Networks (Macrosocial systems), April-May, 2004

    Quantitative Network Analysis, with Bob Hanneman at Time-mapping Globalization in the World-System Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8, 2004, UC Riverside

    Network Processes in Evolving Systems. Opening research focus group discussion, MBS program in Social Dynamics and Evolution. January, 2004, UCI.

    December 2003 POWERPOINT Network dynamics, cohesion and scaling Second ISCOM Workshop Conference on the Information Society as a Complex System Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne, France.

    First ISCOM Workshop Santa Fe Institute, August 2003

    Nov 2003 POWERPOINT Networks and Demography Douglas R. White and James Moody. Stanford, Anthropological Sciences. Networks from Genealogies and Linked Censuses: Why do they matter?

    Aug 2003 Network Dynamics and Field Evolution: The Growth of Interorganizational Collaboration in the Life Sciences Walter W. Powell, Douglas R White, Kenneth W Koput, Jason D. Owen-Smith (Presenter). Annual Meeting, American Sociological Assocation. Session: Social Networks as Resources. Monday, 8/18/2003 at 4:30 p.m.

    June 2003 Social cohesion in organizations IRESCO, Paris. Organisation : Emmanuel Lazega, Lise Mounier
    Séminaire " Réseaux et régulation " powerpoint handout powerpoint

    POWERPOINT Kinship Networks and Demography Douglas R. White and James Moody, Ohio State University. Minneapolis, May 1-3 2003: Population Association of America Networks from Genealogies and Linked Censuses: Why do they matter?

    GENEVA: plenary and Kinship 2001

    Cologne2000 incl Plenary

    SFI2000 Working Group on Complex Interactive Networks ATTENDING

    June 2003 Conférence Marc Bloch - 10 juin 2003 Le Sorbonne, Paris. Annual Meeting of the Professoriat, University of Paris


    "Power and Profit in Europe and the Near East: Network Dynamics in the Early Renaissance 1175-1500" March 2006 International Studies San Diego

    Santa Fe Institute, Discussant, ISCOM Project, July, 2005

    Santa Fe SASci meeting, Feb 2005, Title: Macromodels - Civilizations as Dynamic Networks

    Abstract: Here we present, critique, and examine the empirical evidence for a model of population growth that is more complex than either of the models ? power-law or hyperbolic. It involves two variables, a technologically induced carrying capacity K, and the literacy rate, in addition to population number P. Literacy rate L is seen as a critical nonlinear variable that has a sigmoidal pattern of change in relation to K, KL(1-L), while changes in K are affected by the product P times L and changes in P are affected by those in L times N but divided by L. Hence population growth slows as literacy increases, as in (a) the theory of demographic transition and (b) the periods of demographic transition over the past 12,000 years.
    New Abstract: Civilizations as dynamic networks are examined for the Medieval period in the context of our larger macromodels. powerpoint

    Santa Fe SASci meeting, Feb 2005, Title: Conceptual Ethnography

    Abstract: Conceptual ethnography begins from the recognition that the compartments and conceptions of anthropology and ethnography are interlinked. Here I examine cognition and social networks in relation to the concept of culture, exemplified in the study of kinship. Concepts used in network analysis of the context and behaviors involved in kinship lead to new understandings of patterns of cohesion. Within cohesive groups, people in various communities are shown to use the network itself to compute categories of kinship in unexpected ways that do not require the kinds of assumptions anthropologists often make about the connection between kinship terminology and behavior. It is shown that this lends support to the view that cognition cannot be considered an internal mental process but involves the social environment itself as part of the cognition in the wild, as Ed Hutchins has aptly put the case. Hence culture cannot be considered in terms of models of internal states, and a definition of culture must deal with the many layers of interconnections between behavior, networks, cognition, and socially cohesive units such as community or organizations in which people interact. powerpoint

    Redondo Beach INSNA meeting, Feb 2005, Title: World-System Network Dynamics in the Early Renaissance

    Abstract: The European and surrounding region, 1175-1500, is examined as a portion of the larger world-systems interface, drawing on (1) Spufford's work on trade networks, urban industry, the dynamics of monetization and hyperinflationary processes and their effects and (2) Turchin's work on dynamics of population change and sociopolitical violence. Longitudinal analysis of generational time series for industries and trade routs in intercity networks integrates network analysis -- providing additional predictions about structural effects on change processes -- with statistical dynamics and the dynamics of change in interindustry implicational structures. Overlays of GIS and network data and images are used for visualization in addition to statistical analyses. powerpoint

    March 2003 The Navigability of Strong Ties: Small Worlds, Complex Dynamics and Network Topologies Second Lake Arrowhead Conference on Human Complexity Systems
    Douglas R. White and Michael Houseman

    Sunbelt 2003 Proposal

    AAA 2002 Sided with Omaha but no Twist: Three Logics of Alyawarra Kinship

    EMCSR conference 2002, EMCSR society and paper

    Lille Micro/Macro Relations: Advances in the Contribution of Structural Analysis 2002

    Preliminary Paper AAA 2001 and final paper

    UCLA Computational Models talk, ULCA Jan 2001

    Workshop on "System shocks, system resilience" paper given: "Emergence, transformation and decay in pastoral nomad socio-natural systems", Abisko, Sweden, May 22-26, 2000


    Invited presenter, NetSci 2011 conference, Budapest. June. Organizing committee includes Balazs Vedres.

    Kinship simulation in Repast. Feb 12-16 Charleston SASci.
    Abstract. Repast kinship simulations builds on Pajek p-graph following White (1999) JASSS controlled simulation method. P-graph is Doug White's format for PAJEK analysis and visualization of kinship networks. Here I report on ethnographic applications." Panel participant/paper: Simulations ........ in practice. Organized by David Kronenfeld.

    Feb 12-16 2011 Charleston SASci Meeting, Saturday session, Feb 17-20. Albuquerque (ABQ). Send abstracts to: Benjamin Blount bblount13239@sbcglobal.net. Paper Title: "Peer effects multiple causality in cross-cultural, survey research and network reserarch." Events

    Sunbelt INSNA XXXI St. Petersurg Beach, Florida. 2011. February 8-13. Simulation session organized by David Kronenfeld.