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Statistical Physics and Social Systems: A Critical Perspective (The Case of Urban Mobility)

Statistical Physics and Social Systems: A Critical Perspective (The Case of Urban Mobility)

This video was recorded at International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems. The application of Statistical Physics to social systems is mainly related to looking for macroscopic laws that are derived from experimental data average in time or space under the assumption that the averaged system is in a stationary state. The final goal is to correlate the statistical laws to the microscopic properties of the system: for example to understand the nature of the microscopic interactions or to point out the existence of interaction networks. However the probability theory suggests the existence of few classes of stationary distributions in the thermodynamics limit, so that the question is if a statistical physics approach could be able to point out the complex nature... Show More
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