Graduate Workshop in Complexity and Computational Modeling
Homework Problem (2016)
Past homework problems: Standing ovation (1995-97),
Is that seat taken? (1998),
You ought to be in pictures (1999),
Cocktail party (2000),
Deja vu (2001),
Network news (2002),
Go Lance (2004),
Your turn (2005),
Now boarding (2006),
My space (2007),
Up and down (2008),
Weekend at Bernie's (2009),
Why won't cannibals eat clowns (2010),
Field of dreams (2011),
Spring is in the air (2012),
Ask your doctor (2013),
Spin doctors (2014)
Organizing solutions (2015).
Consider the following situation:
Farmers can either use a patent-controlled means to seed and grow their crops or they can adopt non-proprietary alternatives.
Model, using whatever techniques you wish, the above scenario.
- Explicitly state your model and key assumptions.
- Summarize key results.
- Suggest some potentially interesting future directions and
questions for the model.
Suggest some standard social science scenarios that could be
usefully modeled using such a process.
Potential Solutions (to submit your solution, email them to
note that students
at the Graduate Workshop were given a very limited time
to complete their homework):
John H. Miller ,