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Sharks, the S&P 500, and lévy flights

February 16, 2011 by


I have a particular fondness for mathematical concepts that describe large sets of natural phenomenon (like the oft-cited logarithmic spiral, which shows up in Nautilus shells, spiral galaxies, low pressure weather systems, and of course Romanesco broccoli).  Something I came across while looking at the website of Paul Torrens for his work on empirical validation […]

Legal complexity: crystals, codes, and chaos

February 14, 2011 by


Today I want to tackle (alright, just scratch the surface of) the theme of complexity and the law.  It is an understatement to say that the complex nature of legal systems is a constant preoccupation of the legal academe; however, it is generally heavy on opinions and light on data. There is hope, however.  I […]

visualizing corruption

February 7, 2011 by


I have been arguing that good data visualization fosters interdisciplinary cooperation, adds to the general understanding of academic topics, and serves to reveal otherwise opaque organizational features of your data.  Now we can add that network visualization can be used outside of academia as well. Orgnet consulting used social network analysis (SNA) to assist an […]

Hive plots and hairballs

February 5, 2011 by


Earlier, I covered Hierarchical Edge Bundles as a neat way of simplifying the presentation of network relations.  Another way of simplifying visualization of large social networks that I found today are Hive Plots by Martin Krzywinski.  The problem for him is that representations of social networks tend to get bogged down in uselessly complex linear […]

Hierarchical edge bundles

February 5, 2011 by


Sometimes social networks visualizations look so damn complicated.  I at least tend to look at where the graph is busiest, and sort of intuitively conclude that that node is the most important one.  There must be a better way, right? Of course there is–why else would I pose such an obviously rhetorical question? (damn it. […]

Breaking up on facebook

February 2, 2011 by


Seeing as I just got engaged, I figured I should share this graphic I stumbled on: At first, it seems that breakups really take off on Valentine’s day and peak a few weeks later.  Or that Mondays are big breakup days. But really, its all weather (people seem to break up more in the winter).  […]

Mapping the (non-english) blogosphere

February 1, 2011 by


Determining the size of the blogosphere has been a nefariously tricky task that has plagued researchers and pundits of various inclinations since the early 2000’s.  Some estimates put the number of blogs at somewhere around 200-250 million.  Something I realized the other day was that most of the estimates we have are for the English-speaking […]

Webpages as Graphics

February 1, 2011 by


On the topic of network mapping, a new find for today is a pretty simple and quite aesthetically pleasing data mapping java applet: Just enter in a website (like Seeing Complexity! -just click there) and get a nice map. Not only is it written in java, but something I really like about this tool is […]