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Think Like an Author, Not an Owner
César A. Hidalgo
Harvard Business Review (2015) (Full Text)
Machines don't think, but neither do people
César A. Hidalgo
What to think about machines that think. p102-105 (2015). Harper Collins (Full Text)
Do People Shape Cities, or Do Cities Shape People? The Co-evolution of Physical, Social, and Economic Change in Five Major U.S. Cities
Nikhil Naik, Scott D. Kominers, Ramesh Raskar, Edward L. Glaeser, César A. Hidalgo
NBER Working Paper No. 21620 (2015). (PDF)
Do we need another coffee house? The amenity space and the evolution of neighborhoods
César A. Hidalgo, Elisa E. Castañer
arXiv arXiv:1509.02868 (2015). (PDF)
Linking Economic Complexity, Institutions, and Inequality
D. Hartmann, M.R. Guevara, C. Jara-Figueroa, M. Aristarán, C.A. Hidalgo
arXiv arXiv:1505.07907 (2015). (PDF)
Planet Hard-Drive
Cesar A. Hidalgo
Scientific American, August (2015) (PDF)
Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies
Cesar A. Hidalgo
Basic Books, New York. ISBN-13 978-0465048991 (2015) (AMAZON)
Pantheon: A Dataset for the Study of Global Cultural Production
Amy Yu, Shahar Ronen, Kevin Hu, Tiffany Lu, Cesar A. Hidalgo
(under submission) arXiv preprint arXiv:1502.07310 (2015) (PDF)
When Methods Matter: Reply To Bierkester comment on Links That Speak.
Shahar Ronen, Bruno Goncalves, Kevin Hu, Alessandro Vespignani, Steven Pinker, Cesar A. Hidalgo
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2015) (PDF)
Links that Speak: The global language network and its association with global fame
Shahar Ronen, Bruno Goncalves, Kevin Hu, Alessandro Vespignani, Steven Pinker, Cesar A. Hidalgo
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10.1073/pnas.1410931111 (2014) (PDF)
Streetscore - Predicting the Perceived Safety of One Million Streetscapes
Nikhil Naik, Jade Philipoom, Ramesh Raskar and Cesar A. Hidalgo
CVPR Workshop on Web-scale Vision and Social Media (Accepted 2014) (PDF)
Saving Big Data from Big Mouths
Cesar A. Hidalgo
Scientific American (April 29, 2014) (PDF)
Beyond network structure: How heterogenous susceptibility modulates the spread of epidemics
Daniel Smilkov, Cesar A. Hidalgo and Ljupco Kocarev
Scientific Reports (2014) 4:4795 doi:10.1038/srep04795 (PDF)
The Last 20 Inches: Data’s Treacherous Journey from the Screen to the Mind
Cesar A. Hidalgo
MIT Technology Review (March 19, 2014) (PDF)
The Data Visualization Revolution
Ali Almossawi and Cesar A. Hidalgo
Scientific American (March 17, 2014) (PDF)
To Each According to Its Degree: Meritocracy and Topocracy of Networks
Javier Borondo, Florentino Borondo, Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert and César A. Hidalgo.
Scientific Reports (2014) doi:10.1038/srep03784 (PDF)
Neighbors and the evolution of the comparative advantage of nations: Evidence of international knowledge diffusion?
Dany Bahar, Ricardo Hausmann, and César A. Hidalgo.
Journal of International Economics (2014) (PDF)
The Collaborative Image of the City: Mapping the Inequality of Urban Perception
Philip Salesses, Katja Schechtner, and César A. Hidalgo.
PLoS ONE 8(7): e68400. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068400 (PDF)
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, César A. Hidalgo, Michel Verleysen & Vincent D. Blondel.
Scientific Reports (March 2013) DOI 10.1038/srep01376 (PDF)
The Structure and Dynamics of International Development Assistance
Michele Coscia, Ricardo Hausmann, and César A. Hidalgo.
Journal of Globalization and Development (March 2013) DOI 10.1515/jgd-2012-0004 (PDF)
Proto-genes and de novo gene birth
Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis, Thomas Rolland, Ilan Wapinski, Michael A. Calderwood, Muhammed A. Yildirim, Nicolas Simonis, Benoit Charloteaux,
César A. Hidalgo, Justin Barbette, Balaji Santhanam, Gloria A. Brar, Jonathan S. Weissman, Aviv Regev, Nicolas Thierry-Mieg, Michael E. Cusick & Marc Vidal
Nature (2012) DOI 10.1038/nature11184 (PDF)
The Dynamics of Nestedness Predicts the Industrial Development of Nations
S Bustos, C Gomez, R Hausmann, CA Hidalgo.
PLoS One 7(11): e49393. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0049393 (PDF)
The Observatory: Designing Data Driven Decision Making Tools
Alexander J.G Simoes
MIT Media Lab Master Thesis (2012) (PDF)
Place Pulse: Measuring the collaborative image of the city
Mark Philip Salesses
MIT Media Lab Master Thesis (2012) (PDF)
Going Beyond The One-Bit Democracy
Ali Almossawi and Cesar A. Hidalgo
Wired UK, November (2012) (PDF)
The Observatory of Economic Complexity
Cesar A. Hidalgo
This is Africa (2012) (PDF)
The Atlas of Economic Complexity
R Hausmann, CA Hidalgo, S Bustos, M Coscia, S Chung, J Jimenez, A Simoes, MA Yildirim
Puritan Press (2011). ISBN-10: 0615546625 (PDF)
The Network Structure of Economic Output
R Hausmann, CA Hidalgo
Journal of Economic Growth (2011) 16:309-342 DOI 10.1007/s10997-011-9071-4 (PDF)
Discovering Southern and East Africa's Industrial Opportunities
CA Hidalgo
German Marshall Fund Economic Policy Series, (2011) (PDF)
The value in the links: networks and the evolution of organizations
CA Hidalgo
Chapter 32 for Sage Handbook on Management and Complexity (2011) edited by P. Allen, S. Maguire and B. McKelvey (PDF)
Graphical Statistical Methods for the Representation of the Human Development Index and its Components
CA Hidalgo
Human Development Research Paper 2010/39 (2010) (PDF)
The Dynamics of Economic Complexity and the Product Space over a 42 year period
CA Hidalgo
CID Working Paper 189 (2010) (PDF)
The Building Blocks of Economic Complexity
CA Hidalgo, R Hausmann
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (2009) 106(26):10570-10575 (PDF)
Understanding the spreading patterns of mobile phone viruses
P Wang, MC Gonzalez, CA Hidalgo, A-L Barabasi
Science (2009) 324:1071-1076 (PDF)
A Dynamic Network Approach for the study of human phenotypes
CA Hidalgo, N Blumm, A-L Barabasi, NA Christakis
PLoS Computational Biology (2009) 5(4):e1000353 (PDF)
Thinking Outside the Cube
CA Hidalgo
Physicsworld (2008) 21(12): 34-37 (PDF)
A Network View of Economic Development
CA Hidalgo, R Hausmann
Developing Alternatives (2008) 12(1): 5-10 (PDF)
Understanding Individual Human Mobility Patterns
MC Gonzalez, CA Hidalgo, A-L Barabasi
Nature (2008) 453: 779-782 (PDF)
The Dynamics of a Mobile Phone Network
CA Hidalgo, C. Rodriguez-Sickert
Physica A (2008), 387(12): 3017-3024(PDF)
The Product Space Conditions the Development of Nations
CA Hidalgo, B Klinger, A-L Barabasi, R Hausmann.
Science (2007) 317: 482-487 (PDF)
Transcription Factor Modularity in a Gene-Centered C. elegans Protein-DNA Interaction Network
Vermeirssen, MI Barrasa, CA Hidalgo, JAB Babon, R Sequerra, L Doucette-Stamm, A-L Barabási, AJM Walhout
Genome Res. (2007) 17:1061-1071 (PDF)
Genome-scale analysis of in vivo spatiotemporal promoter activity in C. elegans
D Dupuy, N Bertin, CA Hidalgo, K Venkatesan, D Tu, D Lee, J Rosenberg, N Svrzikapa, A Blanc, A Carnec, A-R Carvunis, R Pulak, J Shingles, J Reece-Hoyes, R Newbury, R Viveiros, WA Mohler, C Le Peuch, IA Hope, R Johnsen, D Moerman, A-L Barabási, D Baillie & M Vidal.
Nature Biotechnology 25, 663 - 668 (2007) (PDF)
The effect of social interactions in the primary life cycle of motion pictures
CA Hidalgo, A Castro, C Rodriguez-Sickert
New J. Phys. 8 52 (2006) (PDF)
Conditions for the Emergence of Scaling in the Inter-Event Time of Uncorrelated and Seasonal Systems
CA Hidalgo
Physica A. Vol. 369(2) p 877-883. (2006)(PDF)
Stationary States of a Random Copying Mechanism over a Complex Networks
CA Hidalgo, F Claro, PA Marquet.
Physica A, (2005) 353:674-684(PDF)
The Team
We are a group of antisdisciplinarians working on new ways of understanding the world by combining data, visualization techniques, statistical methods, and theoretical insights.
Cesar A. Hidalgo
Postdocs and Graduate Students
Dominik Hartmann
Kevin Hu
PhD Student
Amy Yu
PhD Student
Manuel Aristaran
Master Student
Cristian Jara
Master Student
Mia Petkova
Master Student
Yazeed Awwad
Master Student
Nikita Pestrov
Visiting Graduate Student
Javier Borondo
Visiting Graduate Student
Jermain Kaminski
Visiting Graduate Student
Chen (Vincent) Weng
Visiting Faculty
Alexander Simoes
MAS Graduate
Now @ DataWheel LLC
Mark Philip Salesses
MAS Graduate
Now @ Frog Design
Shahar Ronen
MAS Graduate
Now @ Microsoft
Daniel Smilkov
MAS Graduate
Now @ Google
Deepak Jagdish
MAS Graduate
Elisa Castaner
M.Eng. Graduate
Now @ Palantir
Former UROPs
Friends of Macro Connections
Denise Cheng
Research Affiliate
Dave Landry
Francisco Humeres
Former Research Assistant
Miguel Guevara
Former Visiting Research Assistant
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