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[Colloquium] Boltzmann Solution Concepts, epsilon Logic, and the Emergence of Timescales in an Animal Society

August 27, 2010

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  • Date: Friday, August 27, 2010 
  • Time: 12noon — 12:50 pm 
  • Place: Centennial Engineering Center, Room 1041

Simon DeDeo
Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow Santa Fe Institute
www.santafe.edu 

Abstract: Quantitative data on the behavior of animals in larger (N~50) groups allow for the detection and study of new phenomena that arise from the rational and perceptual capabilities of individuals acting in subgroup contexts. Here we report on three new approaches to a particular set of observations, of pigtailed macaques at the Yerkes Primate Research Center, that illuminate the complexity of group behavior in terms of game theory (Boltzmann Solution Concepts), noisy computational processes (epsilon-Logic), and the interaction of different environmental, social, physiological and cognitive mechanisms in the time domain (Lomb-Scargle periodogram analysis of timescales.)

Bio: Simon DeDeo is an Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute; he uses tools from statistical physics and complex systems to study problems in animal and human behavior.