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Emerging collective properties in social systems´models models

Grant number: 16/16498-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - General Physics
Principal Investigator:Nestor Felipe Caticha Alfonso
Grantee:Davi Bastos Costa
Home Institution: Instituto de Física (IF). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The student will participate in the research program that deals with the construction of agents models to describe collective phenomena and shared beliefs. The theoretical bases are Statistical Mechanics, Information Theory and Machine Learning. The methods include analytical and computational techniques. The applications will comprehend consensus building in the context of moral beliefs and in the dynamics of beliefs. The student should compare theoretical predictions with large databases on moral opinions, ethnographic data and legislative systems voting patterns.