Politics in Turkey visualised by an artist-munger.

Thanks to Networked Performance Ive just seen tr_act.info by Arzu Ozkal Telhan, which graphically summarises live data about Turkish politics. Its a mungers delight: the site “examines the fundamental on-line publications of each group every day and looks for combinations of recurring phrases (i.e. political party names, commander names…etc) in the daily news. According to…

A massive simulation network – protein folding.

The BBC has a story about folding@home (FAH) which has just been recognised by Guinness World Records as the worlds most powerful distributed computing network. More than one petaflop of computing power is comparable to IBMs Roadrunner. folding@home has signed up nearly 700,000 PS3s to examine how the shape of proteins affect diseases such as…

EpiSimS: a simulation made transparent

JASSS has a paper about the EpiSimS model which simulates the spread of pandemic influenza. This gives a fascinating insight into the way a model is built up, and the assumptions underlying it. The article (Stroud, Phillip, Del Valle, Sara, Sydoriak, Stephen, Riese, Jane and Mniszewski, Susan (2007). Spatial Dynamics of Pandemic Influenza in a…

Complexity in World Politics.

Interesting review in JASSS of Complexity in World Politics edited by Neil Harrison, on the complexity of political systems and the need to simulate them to understand them. I havent read the book. Sorry. But the review says: “…the authors argue for a more realistic set of ontological assumptions, an emphasis on thinking about societies…