Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


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SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity /
14 Aug 2017

SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the Institute’s first graduate degree program, a vision that dates to SFI’s founding.

“With technology, a growing recognition of the value of online... Read more

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Course Interview

What's new in the 2017 Intro to Agent-based Modeling MOOC

08 May 2017

The Introduction to Agent-based Modeling online course is opening for its second session on June 5th, 2017, and the course instructor, Bill Rand, is updating a large section of the course.  He talked to us about the lessons he learned from the 2016 course, what's new for 2017, and why he competes... Read more

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Course Interview

Why vector and matrix algebra is fundamental to complex systems research  

16 Feb 2016

Anthony Rhodes, the instructor of Complexity Explorer’s Vector and Matrix Algebra tutorial, is currently finishing his PhD in mathematical sciences with an emphasis in machine learning.  His current project focuses on situational computer vision, in which a computer algorithm is... Read more

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Course Interview

Sid Redner on his Introduction to Random Walks tutorial

17 Sep 2015

In this post we interview Sid Redner, the instructor for our new tutorial on an Introduction to Random Walks. Sid is a physicist and Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.  Prior to joining the Santa Fe Institute as part of the resident faculty, Sid was Professor in the Boston University Physics... Read more

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Course Interview

Liz Bradley brings back Nonlinear Dynamics

22 Aug 2015

Liz Bradley, the course instructor for Nonlinear Dynamics, takes a few minutes to describe her course, the changes she has made in this second offering of the course, and a little bit about her current research.  Liz Bradley is Professor at the University of Colorado, Department of Computer Science and... Read more

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Course Interview

David Feldman describes his new course, Fractals and Scaling

11 Aug 2015

In this post we interview David Feldman, the instructor for our new "Fractals and Scaling" course. David Feldman is Professor of Physics and Mathematics at College of the Atlantic. He has twice offered a massive open online course (MOOC) on Chaos and Dynamical systems on the... Read more

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Simon DeDeo talks about his "MaxEnt" tutorial

10 Jun 2015

In this post we interview Simon DeDeo, the instructor for our new Mathematics tutorial on “Maximum Entropy Methods”. Simon is an Assistant Professor in Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.  He is affiliated with the Center for... Read more

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Course Statistics from Fall, 2014

04 Jan 2015

In this week's news story, we report on some statistics from our two online courses that ended in December:  Introduction to Complexity and Nonlinear Dynamics.  These statistics come from the surveys we ask participants to fill out at the beginning of the class, and from class results to date. 

Total... Read more

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Introduction to Dynamics and Chaos: Enroll now!

02 Nov 2014

Have you always wanted to know what "chaos theory" means?  Is the "butterfly effect" real?    How far in advance can weather be predicted?  Why, exactly, does beer warm up? 

If you've been wondering about all this and more, you will definitely want to take Dave... Read more

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Melanie Mitchell describes upcoming Introduction to Complexity course

22 Sep 2014

Melanie Mitchell describes our upcoming Introduction to Complexity course in this short video (3 minutes, 47 seconds).   This course has no prerequisites and is open to all!  Starts September 29, 2014. 

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Liz Bradley Describes Her Upcoming Course

07 Sep 2014

Watch Liz Bradley describe her upcoming course in this short video (3 minutes, 42 seconds). 

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Mathematics MOOC to be offered

30 Aug 2014

This fall, beginning on September 29th , we are excited to offer a new course:  “Mathematics for Complex Systems”.  While we’re calling it a “course”, it is meant to be a collection of independent units, each of which covers a particular mathematical technique that is important in complex... Read more


Introduction to Complexity course to be re-offered

30 Aug 2014

This fall we are pleased to be reoffering Melanie Mitchell’s popular “Introduction to Complexity” course.  This course will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the different tools employed by scientists in their work with complex systems.  Covered topics will include... Read more

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Nonlinear Dynamics Course Starts September 29

14 Aug 2014

During our Fall term, Professor Liz Bradley will offer a 10-unit course called “Nonlinear Dynamics:  Mathematical and Computational Approaches.  This course starts September 29 and runs through December 14, 2014.    This course can be taken by anyone who has taken one semester of... Read more