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Approx. 33 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Why Model & Segregation/Peer Effects

12 videos (Total 124 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Why Model?8m
Intelligent Citizens of the World11m
Thinking More Clearly10m
Using and Understanding Data10m
Using Models to Decide, Strategize, and Design15m
Sorting and Peer Effects Introduction5m
Schelling's Segregation Model11m
Measuring Segregation11m
Peer Effects6m
The Standing Ovation Model18m
The Identification Problem10m
6 readings
Welcome10m
Grading Policy10m
Course FAQ10m
Syllabus10m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Segregation and Peer Effects10m
1 practice exercise
Why Model? & Segregation and Peer Effects12m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Aggregation & Decision Models

12 videos (Total 138 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
Central Limit Theorem18m
Six Sigma5m
Game of Life14m
Cellular Automata18m
Preference Aggregation12m
Introduction to Decision Making5m
Multi-Criterion Decision Making8m
Spatial Choice Models11m
Probability: The Basics10m
Decision Trees14m
Value of Information8m
1 reading
Decision Models10m
1 practice exercise
Aggregation & Decision Models16m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Thinking Electrons: Modeling People & Categorical and Linear Models

12 videos (Total 130 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
12 videos
Rational Actor Models16m
Behavioral Models12m
Rule Based Models12m
When Does Behavior Matter?12m
Introduction to Linear Models4m
Categorical Models15m
Linear Models8m
Fitting Lines to Data11m
Reading Regression Output11m
From Linear to Nonlinear6m
The Big Coefficient vs The New Reality11m
1 reading
Categorical and Linear Models10m
1 practice exercise
Modules Thinking Electrons: Modeling People & Categorical and Linear Models20m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Tipping Points & Economic Growth

13 videos (Total 132 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
Percolation Models11m
Contagion Models 1: Diffusion7m
Contagion Models 2: SIS Model9m
Classifying Tipping Points8m
Measuring Tips13m
Introduction To Growth6m
Exponential Growth10m
Basic Growth Model13m
Solow Growth Model11m
Will China Continue to Grow?11m
Why Do Some Countries Not Grow?11m
Piketty's Capital: The Power of Simple Model8m
1 reading
Economic Growth10m
1 practice exercise
Modules Tipping Points & Economic Growth18m
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By GKFeb 25th 2017

Great content and lectures, that possibly provides new dimensions to look/explain the situation in context, I guess I will comeback for references to continue with this journey in to 'Model Thinking'

By YKApr 7th 2018

The course presents a multitude of models that enable us to analyze human and systems behavior and interactions. By making implicit assumptions explicit we can understand real world processes better.

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Scott E. Page

John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor
Center for the Study of Complex Systems

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