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Predicting how large crowds will react in certain situations has long been the holy-grail for architects and planners.

2009-10-15

 crowd control complexity prediction statistics big brother sociology
Your online traces are helping fuel a revolution in the understanding of human behaviour – one that's revealing the mathematical laws of our lives. Every move you make, every twitter feed you update, somebody is watching you. You may not think twice about it, but if you use a social networking site, a cellphone or the internet regularly, you are leaving behind a clear digital trail that describes your behaviour, travel patterns, likes...

2010-07-26

 social network behaviour popular mathematics prediction big brother future social control sociology
Dunbar's number is a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. No precise value has been...
 number psychology brain neuroscience social network group sociology network statistics limit