The Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences (IMBS) in the School of Social Sciences is a specialized research center where the objective is to facilitate interaction and common research goals among scientists whose purpose is to formulate precisely and test theories of human behavior; this is to be interpreted in a wide sense as manifested by the membership which spans the following areas: anthropology, cognitive science, economics, engineering, logic and the philosophy of science, mathematics, political science, and sociology. Additional faculty come from management science and psychobiology.
To describe our focus, consider the fruitful symbiotic relationship that has existed for millennia between mathematics and the physical sciences. A goal of the IMBS is to generate a similar relationship between mathematics and the behavioral and social sciences. With high-power social scientists (several are members of the National Academy) providing insights about the field and working with the mathematicians who are involved, new mathematical approaches to analyze these issues are being developed and new kinds of mathematical questions are being raised.
Universality: Algorithm Runtimes and Human Decision Making
February 1, 2018
The Assignment Game: Decentralized Dynamics, Rate of Convergence and the Value of Information
February 8, 2018
Subjective States and Revealed Preferences
February 22, 2018
Agency, Potential and Contagion
March 1, 2018
Social Learning Equilibria
March 15, 2018
Judges say throw out the map. Lawmakers say throw out the judges.
February 14, 2018
Bernie Grofman, poli sci, via The New York Times, Feb. 14, 2018
Pennsylvania gerrymandering fight just the start of a wider war
February 12, 2018
Bernie Grofman, poli sci, via U.S. News and World Report, Feb. 12, 2018
Bernard Grofman, poli sci, in the San Juan Record, Jan. 31, 2018