Open Lab Notebook

Brief updates on my daily work. For more polished postings about math, collective behavior, research collaborations, and such, see News and Research.

I hope to work toward a more complete open notebook: for now I'm only posting updates on some of my work.

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Sat, 03/31/2012 - 12:26

Because of health problems, I need to postpone the final stretch of this month's research for a little while. I hope to pick it up again before long, possibly in May. When I do, I'll do some more research and writeups, send out the gifts for contributors, and do a closing assessment of what happened and what's to come in the future.

Meanwhile I want to give you this citation:

S. Conry, K. Kuwabara, V. R. Lesser, R. A. Meyer, 1991, Multistage
Negotiation for Distributed Constraint Satisfaction.

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Tue, 03/20/2012 - 20:04

[Summary: I've been meeting with people and doing my reading. Does anyone have suggestions about how people's minds change and how structural inequalities play out in deliberative settings?]

Another week of wondering about the possibilities of populist process has passed...

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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 22:34

[Summary: in the first week (plus) of the project I have done some conceptual work and clarified connections to existing research on constraint satisfaction problems. I've distilled several important issues to consider in parallel with the constraint satisfaction approach.]

My first-week report for March, a bit late.

I've made a series of steps that I've written up on the research wiki and/or here on the lab notebook blog. Here I'll mostly just list those, and sum up a little.

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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 22:26

Tomorrow (thursday) evening I'll be giving a lightning talk at Noisebridge's monthly 5 Minutes of Fame event. This month's 5mof is connected with the weekend's Represent Yourself unconference, which is relevant to my topic, so it's a good month to go and present.

My title:

Consensus Dynamics Questions.

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:43

It seems like a good time to make an all-in-one-place list of things that aren't accounted for in the first wave of modeling I did:

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Fri, 03/09/2012 - 11:51

This looks great!

In order to distinguish whether or not a particular idea was a pattern, we asked ourselves questions like:

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Thu, 03/08/2012 - 18:18

The simulations I ran in July 2011 were based on the idea of dealing with a series of proposals:

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Mon, 03/05/2012 - 21:42

This month I've cleared my calendar to do the work I promised on my "Mathematics of Direct Democracy" research project. This is an initial update, to offer some orientation and outline how I'm planning to start.

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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 15:50

Following up my previous notebook post, I have the average transitivity vs. time for 100 of the same powerlaw graphs as before, but now using the fully stochastic process:

In the other process, transitivity increases to a small amount and then declines back to zero. In this one it increases steadily from zero (no clustering in the network) to one (complete clustering).

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