Computational Modeling and Complexity Science

Computational Modeling and Complexity Science

This free book Computational Modeling and Complexity Science by Allen B. Downey is about data structures and algorithms, intermediate programming in Python, complexity science and the philosophy of science: Data structures and algorithms, Python programming, Computational modeling, Philosophy of science.


This book focuses on discrete models, which include graphs, cellular automata, and agent-based models. They are often characterized by structure, rules and transitions rather than by equations. They tend to be more abstract than continuous models; in some cases there is no direct correspondence between the model and a physical system.

Table of Contents

  • Graphs
  • Analysis of algorithms
  • Small world graphs
  • Scale-free networks
  • Cellular Automata
  • Game of Life
  • Fractals
  • Self-organized criticality
  • Agent-based models

Book Details

Author(s): Allen B. Downey
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Format(s): PDF
File size: 1.21 MB
Number of pages: 141
Link: Download or read online.

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