Networks, Complexity and Its Applications

A blue, a pink, and a yellow collection of dots that are connected to one another, within their colors, by lines.

An illustration of disease-disease associations for Mother, Father and Child Brushes. (Image by Prof. Cesar Hidalgo, 2006-2007.)


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Spring 2011



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Networks are a ubiquitous way to represent complex systems, including those in the social and economic sciences. The goal of the course is to equip students with conceptual tools that can help them understand complex systems that emerge in both nature and social systems. This is a course intended for a general audience and will discuss applications of networks and complexity to diverse systems, including epidemic spreading, social networks and the evolution of economic development.

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Cesar Hidalgo. MAS.961 Networks, Complexity and Its Applications. Spring 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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