- PoCS 2017 is now a closed book. Thanks for reading. This site will stay up for archival purposes (unless something goes horribly wrong).
Instructions for the semester are archived below.

- Final reports:
Last piece:

Please submit your final report by~~Sunday~~Tuesday, 11:59 pm, December~~10~~12.

Naming convention:

CSYS300project-$firstname-$lastname-final-report.pdf

e.g.,

CSYS300project-michael-palin-final-report.pdf

- Instructions for final presentations to be held on Monday, December 11, from 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm.
Dear PoCS people,

Final presentations will be held on Monday, December 11

starting at 1:30 pm in our normal class room.

Here's what you need to know and do. Grading will take into account all of these aspects and more.

0. Talks should absolutely be G rated and respectful of others. See the PoCS syllabus, UVM's student conduct standards, and UVM's Our Common Ground.

1. Time: Please aim for no more than 3 minutes per person.

2. Your mission is to

(a) quickly review the problem/area you've been investigating;

(b) what you've been able to achieve so far (or what went horribly wrong).

Please re-introduce yourself in a sentence (name + your field),

and to acknowledge who you're working with.

3. We will move between talks as fast as possible.

4. Slides: Suggest 3 to 5. More may work but 100 is right out. Quality of slides forms part of the grade.

5. Please email me your slides ahead of our final session,

no later than 11 am on the morning of the talks.

Naming convention:

nnCSYS300project-finaltalk-$firstname-$lastname-YYYY-MM-DD.pdf

where the leading

nn = your talk number (delivered on a separate channel), including a padded 0 if needed

Examples:

07CSYS300project-finaltalk-michael-palin-2017-12-11.pdf

07CSYS300project-finaltalk-michael-palin-2017-12-11.pptx

6. As per usual: My machine will handle Powerpoint (it uses a pair of tongs

and rubber gloves to do so) but highly fancy Powerpoint presentations made

on a Windows machine may not transfer perfectly.

If you are feeling up for Beamer/LaTeX, I highly encourage it. Keynote is fine as well. Anything that ends up as a pdf will work.

7. Practice! These are short talks so you can run through

them a number of times to straighten everything out.

8. Important!: Please submit your final report by~~Sunday~~Tuesday, 11:59 pm, December~~10~~12.

Naming convention:

CSYS300project-$firstname-$lastname-final-report.pdf

e.g.,

CSYS300project-michael-palin-final-report.pdf

- Expansion pack lectures for Thursday, December 1: Quarterology, a Truthicide Investigation
Material to enjoy at your leisure in lieu of a real-space meeting on Thursday, December 1. There's a lot here! If you just get through the first full episode (the "strange lore" one), that will be good.

Please start at 58:00 in the first episode:

"Optimal forks and a Truthicide Investigation"

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2016-01UVM-303/episodes/04/

"The strange lore of the Church of Quarterology."

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2016-01UVM-303/episodes/05/

"The foundering theories of the scaling of metabolic rate."

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2016-01UVM-303/episodes/06/

"The scaling of single source supply networks."

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2016-01UVM-303/episodes/07/

- What was a regular feature:
**Office hours:**To be sorted out with Assistant Deliverator.**Office hours:**To be sorted out with Assistant Deliverator.

- Online lecture for Thursday, November 10: Scale-free Networks
The Deliverator will be away and the following episode from last year has been reserved for this absence:

A proper house for the episode and links to slides are here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2015-08UVM-300/episodes/19/

Blurb: In this episode, we work through the Barabasi-Albert model, connecting back to the rich-get-richer models of Simon and de Solla Price. We also think about how random attachment can work in reality, race through Krapivsky and Redner's generalized model, see what happens when the rich get much richer and the rich get somewhat richer, and investigate universality.

- Assignment "No! God, No! No, God, please, no!"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2017-08UVM-300/assignments/09/

Due on Friday, November 17, by 11:59 pm.

- Assignment "Ghee Buttersnaps AKA The Heater"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2017-08UVM-300/assignments/06/

Due on Friday, October 13, by 11:59 pm.

- Office hours:
Latest plan for the semester:

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm on Tuesdays (Dewhurst)

1:15 pm to 4:45 pm on Thursdays (Some mixture of Dodds and Dewhurst)

- Lecture 5 is available online—more on the Statistics of Surprise:
Reminder that the Deliverator is away for Tuesday, September 12.

Please take in the following online lectures on power-law size distributions:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2017-08UVM-300/episodes/05a/

Watch from 19:40 on (start time should work automatically)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2017-08UVM-300/episodes/05b/

Watch from 4:00 to 23:00

- Office hours adjustment for Wednesday, September 6
Office hours will run from 10:45 am to 11:30 am.

- Week 8 (starting October 15) is a non-assignment week, and there will be no office hours.
Normal service will resume the week after.

- Everything you need to know about the first talks:
PoCSologists,

Short pitch presentations will be held on Thursday, October 18, and Tuesday, October 23 if needed.

The format will be a mini-conference

session with each person presenting for two (2) minutes.

Here's what you need to know and do:

First: If you have not already done so,

please email me your topic choices, and if you are

working in a group or not. Feel free to talk in Slack about possible projects. Pitch your idea and recruit people to your team.

Teams of 2 to 3 are strongly encouraged (4 is too many, 1 is totally okay).

Send your information as the start of the draft

of your project report with the usual naming convention

with one twist:

CSYS300project-[firstname]-[lastname]-YYYY-MM-DD.pdf

where the date is the current date

e.g.,

CSYS300project-michael-palin-2018-10-18.pdf

At this point, you just need a title but you are welcome to add more.

If a topic is already taken and I catch this, I'll let you know.

Below are instructions for the talks and how to name your slides.

A randomized order will be delivered by email as well (if you are part of a group and I don't have this indicated, please let me know).

These talks always prove to be interesting, diverse, and fun; the

feedback I've received in the past has been that students greatly

enjoy hearing about each others' topics.

We will not be recording these talks.

Okay, here's the plan for these first talks---please read!:

1.0 Talks will be 2 minutes long.

1.1 Your mission is to:

(a) Clearly state the problem/area you're going to investigate;

(b) Why it's interesting;

and

(c) What you plan to do for the remainder of the semester.

Please also introduce yourself in a sentence or two (name + your field).

1.1b Talks should absolutely be PG and respectful of others.

1.2 If you are part of a group, you will need to speak for 2 minutes

each. Please coordinate your talk with your fellow group members.

2. We will have to move quickly between talks (< 30 seconds) so please

know when you're up and be prepared to swap over.

3. Slides: Mandatory. The number should be 1 to 3 per speaker. More can work but certainly not, say, 20, unless you have a sequence of stunningly beautiful pictures that will somehow help your story. Your assessment will in part be based on your slides.

4. Please email me your slides some time before the lecture in

which you are talking. The night before would be great but

I will be able to accept them before 11 am on the Thursday.

Naming convention:

nnCSYS300project-firsttalk-$firstname-$lastname-2018-10-18.pdf

where the leading

nn = your talk number, including a padded 0 if needed

Examples:

07CSYS300project-firsttalk-michael-palin-2018-10-18.pdf

07CSYS300project-firsttalk-michael-palin-2018-10-18.pptx

My machine will handle Powerpoint (it uses a pair of tongs

and rubber gloves to do so) but highly fancy Powerpoint presentations made

on a Windows machine may not transfer perfectly.

If you are feeling up for Beamer/LaTeX, I highly encourage it.

Anything that ends up as a pdf should be fine.

5. Practice! These are short talks so you can run through

them a number of times to straighten everything out.

- Absorbables: Stories, Contagious Stories, and Complexification
(Consume for Week 15, Sessions 1 and 2, Tuesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 2)
**Slides:**

Stories

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/complex-networks/slides/stories/

Contagious Stories

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/complex-networks/slides/contagious-stories/

Complexification

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/complex-networks/slides/complexification/**Videos:**

Three last pieces:

29a: The stories of stories (1:57:20)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/29a/

31a: The Secret of Fame: How to make things spread. (13:04)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/31a/

32a: Complexification (25:33)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/32a/

- Assignment "Pillows and Blankets"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/10/

Due on Friday, April 26, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Happiness and Fame
(Consume for Week 14, Sessions 1 and 2, Tuesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 25)
**Slides:**

Finish off any leftover happiness and then move onto fame:

Happiness

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/complex-networks/slides/happiness/

Voting and superstardom

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/voting/**Videos:**

Happiness videos are most easily found on the slides page linked to above.

30a: Why superstars are social constructions. (1:11:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/30a/

- Assignment "Competitive Wine Tasting"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/09/

Due on Friday, April 19, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Happiiness
(Consume for Week 13, Sessions 1 and 2, Tuesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 18)
**Slides:**

Happiness

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/complex-networks/slides/happiness/**Videos:**

Quite a few: 19g through 23m, listed on the slides page above.

Note: Working on making playlists.

- Absorbables: Social Contagion
(Consume for Week 12, Sessions 1 and 2, Tuesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 11)
**Slides:**

Social contagion

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/social-contagion/**Videos:**

Just one lecture this week:

28a: More insights into social contagion network models. (1:18:42)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/28a/

- Absorbables: Social Contagion (Consume for Week 11, Sessions 1 and 2, Tuesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 4)
**Slides:**

Social contagion

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/social-contagion/**Videos:**

26a: Social contagion—Why things spread (1:16:31)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/26a/

27a: Threshold models of social contagion. (1:18:59)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/27a/

- Assignment "Intro to Political Science"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/08/

Due on Friday, April 12, by 11:59 pm.

- Assignment "Beginner Pottery"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/07/

Due on Friday, March 29, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Contagion
(Consume for Week 10, Sessions 1 and 2, Tuesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 28)
**Slides:**

Contagion-at-large and biological contagion

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/biological-contagion/**Videos:**

24a: Contagion—the unpredictability of pandemics. (1:17:52)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/24a/

25a: Modeling pandemics, then on to social contagion. (1:15:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/25a/

- Absorbables: Scale-Free Networks
(Consume for Week 9, Session 1, Tuesday, March 19)
Note: No Session 2 for Week 9 as Week 8 was an overload.

**Slides:**

Scale-free Networks

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/scale-free-networks/**Videos:**

23a: Scale-free networks—Mechanisms and universality (1:11:30)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/23a/

- Assignment "Paradigms of Human Memory"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/06/

Due on Friday, March 1, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Small-World Networks
(Consume for Week 8, Session 2, Thursday, March 7)
**Slides:**

Small-world networks

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/small-world-networks/**Videos:**

Last part of:

20a: The structure of generalized random networks. (1:15:18)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/20a/

21a: Small-world experiments—finding people and balloons. (1:15:35)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/21a/

22a: The theory of finding things in small-world networks. (1:14:25)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/22a/

- Absorbables: Random Networks
(Consume for Week 8, Session 1, Tuesday, March 5)
**Slides:**

Generalized random networks

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/random-networks/**Videos:**

19a: Random networks: the pure imagined and the impure real. (1:17:05)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/19a/

20a: The structure of generalized random networks. (1:15:18)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/20a/

- Absorbables: Lognormals and then Complex Networks
(Consume for Week 7, Session 2, Thursday, February 28)
**Slides:**

Lognormals and other Bitter Disappointments

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/lognormals/

Overview of complex networks

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/complex-networks/

Properties of complex networks

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/network-properties/**Videos:**

16a: Other tails and onward with complex networks (1:17:30)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/16a/

17a: Taxonomy and features of complex networks. (1:15:59)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/17a/

18a: Some key properties of complex networks. (1:13:33)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/18a/

- Absorbables: Optimal Facility Location
(Consume for Week 7, Session 1, Tuesday, February 26)
**Slides:**

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/supplynetworks-3/

Optimal Supply Networks III: Networks connecting many sources to many sinks.**Videos:**

14i: Where to put your hospitals and coffee shops: Optimal facility allocation (20:05)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14i/

15a: How to locate facilities and the centrality of Cincinnati (1:08:28)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/15a/

- Absorbables: Robustness
(Consume for Week 6, Session 2, Thursday, February 21)
**Slides:**

Robustness, Fragility, and Scaling

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/robustness/

Optimal Supply Networks III: Networks connecting many sources to many sinks

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/supplynetworks-3/**Videos**:

13j: Narrative causality (2:39)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13j/

13k: No design versus strong design (2:42)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13k/

14d: HOT model: Theoretical analysis (7:43)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14d/

14e: Self-organized criticality (SOC) (sounds great but doesn't hold up) (8:11)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14e/

14f: Long-grained rice and Not How Nature Really Works (3:35)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14f/

14g: HOT vs SOC (2:45)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14g/

14h: COLD theory + summing up (4:51)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14h/**Optional**

14b: The Lexicocalorimeter (and maps) (12:44)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/1/

- Absorbables: Robustness
(Consume for Week 6, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Robustness, Fragility, and Scaling

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/robustness/**Videos**:

12m: Intro to robustness (7:29)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12m/

13e: Robustness: Overview (4:23)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13e/

13f: HOT model: Intro (5:17)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13f/

13g: HOT model: Features (3:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13g/

13h: Forest fire toy model outline (12:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13h/

13i: Forest fire toy model example: Detailed consideration (24:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13i/**Optional**

13l: Fires: Saving a bunny (1:08)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13l/

- Assignment "Curriculum Unavailable"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/05/

Due on Friday, February 22, by 11:59 pm.

- Assignment "A Fistful of Paintballs"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/04/

Due on Friday, February 15, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Fundamentals of Complex Systems
(Consume for Week 5, Session 2)
**Slides:**

A few fundamentals of complex systems

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/fundamentals/**Videos**:

11h: Emergence (9:31)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11h/

11i: Schelling's model, Nicky Case's viz (8:19)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11i/

11j: Emergence of taste (4:19)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11j/

11k: Hotdogs and financial disasters (0:41)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11k/

11l: Words and stories (1:32)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11l/

12e: Emergence, weak and strong (3:03)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12e/

12f: Limits of Science (pt 1) (2:43)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12f/

12g: Self-organization (1:30)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12g/

12h: Tools and techniques (1:45)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12h/

12i: The gold standard science of cat-lapping (2:20)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12i/

12j: Intro to statistical mechanics with examples of percolation and magnets (16:22)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12j/

12k: Phase diagrams, 3d is hard, nutshell (8:05)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12k/

12l: Limits of science (pt 2), slow TV (11:52)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12l/**Optional**

Episode 13a: Guardian cryptic No 27,632 (5:00)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13a/

Episode 13b: Banksy, shredding for fame (3:08)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/13b/

- Absorbables: Fundamentals of Complex Systems (Consume for Week 5, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Benford's law

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/benfordslaw/

A Few Fundamentals of Complex Systems

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/fundamentals/**Videos**:

Episode 10e: Benford's Law (11:54)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10e/

10f: Fundamentals: Data (11:46)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10f/

10g: Fundamentals: Measurement, Instruments (8:17)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10g/

10h: Data Angry. Data Smash (0:49)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10h/

10i: Science fails to record how it fails (1:38)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10i/

10j: The end limits of measurement (1:45)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10j/

10k: Being a scientist, word-wise (0:45)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10k/

10l: Mismeasurement of complexity (pt 1) (7:22)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10l/

11f: Mismeasurement of complexity (pt 2) (11:55)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11f/

11g: The Office and The Good Place and measuring personality (1:03)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/11g/**Optional**

10a: Aussie Rules totally rules (6:00)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10a/

10b: Seal assault with octopus (1:33)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10b/

10d: Social change and bots for followers on Twitter (19:53)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/10d/

- Assignment "Remedial Chaos Theory"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/03/

Due on Friday, February 8, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 2, continued, and Part 3 (Consume for Week 4, Session 2)
**Slides:**

Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 2

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/power-law-mechanisms-2/

Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 3

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/power-law-mechanisms-3/**Videos**:

09a: Simon's model recap (3:47)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09a/

09c: First mover advantage (11:47)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09c/

09d: Analysis of first moverness (5:33)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09d/

09e: It's a pyramid scheme (3:20)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09e/

09f: Rank variability is high (2:23)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09f/

09g: Self-referential citation data (2:54)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09g/

09h: Rich-get-richer's everywhereness (10:38)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09h/

09i: Intro to Mandelbrot's optimality (3:55)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09i/

09j: Mandelbrot versus Simon: There can be only one theory. (3:20)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09j/

09k: Mandelbrot's optimality model (16:45)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09k/

09l: Complaints about Mandelbrot's argument. (2:22)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09l/

09m: More complaints about Mandelbrot's argument. (3:38)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09m/

09n: Simon versus Mandelbrot: Who wins? (3:47)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09n/

12a: Help for Mandelbrot's optimization (3:14)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/12a/**Optional**

09b: Pratchett with bag (1:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/09b/

- Absorbables: Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 2 (Consume for Week 4, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 2

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/power-law-mechanisms-2/**Videos**:

08c: Intro to Simon vs Mandebrot and the mechanism of rich-get-richerness (6:35)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08c/

08d: Observations of Zipfery, 1910 on (12:13)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08d/

08e: Herbert Simon #awesomeness (2:18)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08e/

08f: Toy model of rich-get-richer (14:51)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08f/

08g: Observations about our toy model (7:10)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08g/

08h: Krugman's math woes (1:34)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08h/

08i: We work through an analysis (14:37)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08i/

08j: What we find: Micro-to-macro story and surprising agreement with reality (8:30)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08j/

08k: An appraisal of catchphrases (3:53)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08k/**Optional**

08a: Cryptic crosswords (3:52)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08a/

08b: Pratchett eats greenery (0:42)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/08b/

- Assignment "Contemporary American Poultry"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/02/

Due on Friday, February 1, by 11:59 pm.

- Assignment "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"
Available here:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/assignments/01/

Due on Friday, January 25, by 11:59 pm.

- Absorbables: Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 1, continued (Consume for Week 3, Session 2)
**Slides:**

Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 1

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/power-law-mechanisms-1/

Zipfian measurements

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/zipfian-data/**Videos**:

07f: Diffusion on finite spaces, networks (5:09)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07f/

07g: Scaling relations, river networks (12:22)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07g/

07h: Death, failure, generalizations of random walks (3:54)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07h/

07i: Scaling and variable transfiguration (6:11)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07i/

07j: When the TARDIS malfunctions (3:44)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07j/

07k: PLIPLO is a NO NO (2:05)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/0jk/

07l: Zipf and his data (10:18)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/0jl/**Optional**

Episode 06a: Cryptographs (3:14)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06a/

Episode 06b: Scaling in language evolution (5:22)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06b/

- Absorbables: Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 1 (Consume for Week 3, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Mechanisms leading to power-law size distributions: Part 1

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/power-law-mechanisms-1/**Videos**:

06k: Department of Random Walks (7:10)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06k/

06l: Mean and variance for Random Walks (5:56)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06l/

06m: Plinko (2:46)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06m/

06n: Counting walks and the Central Limit Theorem (10:40)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06n/

06o: Applied knot theory for ties (2:18)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06o/

07b: Bean box, tweet success (2:54)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07b/

07c: Random walk recap (3:39)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07c/

07d: Pascal's and others' triangle (5:10)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07d/

07e: The First Return problem (16:24)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/07e/

- Absorbables: Power-law size distributions (Consume for Week 2, Session 2)
**Slides:**

Power-law size distributions:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/power-law-size-distributions/**Videos**:

05e: Estimating wealth distributions (4:12)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05e/

05f: Not being homo probablisticus (6:38)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05f/

05g: Girl born on a Tuesday (5:53)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05g/

05h: More on wealth distributions (6:12)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05h/

05i: Power-law size distributions (18:36)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05i/

05j: The man with all the words

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05j/

05k: A shock of power law size distributions (15:10)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05k/

06c: Power laws: Lack of scale (6:12)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06c/

06d: Mean, moments, variance (5:21)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06d/

06e: Maximum sample scaling (3:21)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06e/

06f: Complementary Cumulative Distribution Functions (CCDFs) (4:24)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06f/

06g: Boggoracle: Zipf's Law with bonus vice cream recipe (1:10)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06g/

06h: Zipf's Law and CCDFs (9:13)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06h/

06i: Zipf's law in chess (1:50)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06i/

06j: Our Don Bradman (2:32)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06j/

- Absorbables: Scaling (Consume for Week 2, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Scaling:

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/scaling/**Videos**:

03h: Engines: Horsepower and rpms (0:37)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03h/

03i: Nails (5:12)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03i/

03j: Rowing (0:33)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03j/

03k: Gravity laws (2:35)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03k/

03l: The Buckingham π Theorem (20:36)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03l/

03m: Fluids, nuclear blasts, turbulence (7:43)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03m/

03n: Fractals (2:05)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03n/

03o: Scaling laws for cities (6:33)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03o/

05b: Variant scaling in cities, a darkness (5:00)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05b/

05c: Coffee shops and hospitals (4:14)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05c/

05d: Terrorism and learning curves (2:06)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/05d/

06b: Scaling in language evolution (5:22)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/06b/

14c: Moore's law and Wright's law are everywhere (and Pixar) (9:38)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/14c/

- Absorbables: Scaling (Consume for Week 1, Session 2)
**Slides:**

Scaling:

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/scaling/**Videos:**

02e: Introduction to Scaling (10:29)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02e/

02f: The beautiful scaling of the thinky and connecty parts of the brain (14:31)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02f/

02g: Koalas are not smart (3:28)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02g/

02h: Good and bad scaling (2:49)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02h/

02i: Scale invariance, allometry (6:17)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02i/

02j: Biology's massive range of sizes (3:47)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02j/

02k: Babies are weird (2:32)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02k/

02l: Scaling in lifting, running, swimming, good and bad (5:17)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02l/

03c: Scaling in biology recap (1:53)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03c/

03d: Quarterology and heartbeats (10:12)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03d/

03e: Insular species numbers (1:20)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03e/

03f: Cancer rates (3:31)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03f/

03g: Maximal animal speed (7:44)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/03g/

- Absorbables: Manifesto (Consume for Week 1, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Manifesto:

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/manifesto/**Videos:**

01k: Manifesto, Part 1 (5:55)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01k/

01l: A cryptograph (5:26)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01l/

02c: Atoms and the Golden Age of Reductionism (8:31)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02c/

02d: The Manifesto in one slide (11:39)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/02d/

- Absorbables: Intro to the course (Consume for Week 1, Session 1)
**Slides:**

Course overview:

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/slides/overview/**Videos:**

01a: Vermont Complex Systems Center overview (17:06)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01a/

01b: Educational platform (1:29)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01a/

01c: Computational Story Lab (2:57)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01c/

01d: Deliverator History (2:41)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01d/

01e: PoCS details (7:14)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01e/

01f: DodecaPoCS (2:42)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01f/

01g: More PoCS details (4:49)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01g/

01h: Books, Places (7:11)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01h/

01i: Framing, Topics, Projects (18:54)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01i/

01j: The Boggoracle (1:09)

http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/episodes/01j/

- Office hours:
Tentative plan for the semester:

**Office hours:**To be sorted out with Assistant Deliverator.

- Speical Note for Online-O-Pocsters (OOPs):
This is a short note to welcome you to PoCS for the inaugural online edition.

I've been building the course for many years and have a full set of lecture slides online

coupled with a storehouse of videos.

Everything for PoCS will be housed here:

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/

Instructions will appear here throughout the semester:

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/pocs/instructions/

The course tweets at @pocsvox.

Tweets appear on the instructions page; you do not have to follow the Twitter account

but it's a good way to hear of updates.

Archived versions of all courses are listed here:

https://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/

David Dewhurst will be the TA for the course and we will work out when to hold office

hours.

As for every edition of PoCS, I encourage you to work together as a team.Plan for the course: Absorbables (slides and videos) will be posted with a "consume by date" in terms of weeks and sessions of the course. Plan on roughly 14 weeks with 2 sessions each (28 sessions total).

Assignments will mostly appear weekly.

- General Welcome for PoCSologists
Spring, 2019: PoCS goes on a Cyberpunktrek with evil twin brother Bruce. PoCS is online only.

We will cover everything, kind of. From randomness emerges the platypus.

Instructions will appear on this page throughout the semester so please check back regularly. Please also follow PoCS on Twitter at @pocsvox (you don't Need To Get Yourself A Twitter, you can just check the tweets out on the current page (or go here). The large button on the course's homepage should help you find your way.

Your main work will be faithfully absorbing lectures (slides and videos) and contending with a range of assignments and projects. You should expect to work in teams. Don't go it alone.

Generally, students find PoCS to be challenging and rewarding. After appropriate suffering, people say good things.