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Model Thinking

Coursera · University of Michigan · 9 HN citations

We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending ...

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Aug 29, 2018 cleansy on Financial Modeling for Startups: An Introduction
Why is it linked to an affiliate website and not coursera itself?

EDIT: here the original coursera link:

May 22, 2018 insomniacity on Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained)
A related course on the topic:

I found it very interesting.

Apr 03, 2018 MadSudaca on Ask HN: What are the best MOOCs you've taken?
Model thinking ( )

Taught by Prof. Scott E. Page, teaches about models in several fields and how they're used to aid thinking about complex issues by careful design and usage.

A couple of insights: all models are wrong but some are useful. Having many models about a situation to help your thinking is better than having only one, and much better than none. Complex models are not necessarily better than simple ones.

Mar 30, 2018 unixhero on Ask HN: Any recommended resources to develop system thinking?
This is a bit of a non answer, but there was an early MOOC delivered on this topic. I remember this was back in 2010/2011 and the topic was System Thinking.

The course was delivered by a political scientist, but focused entirely on systems thinking.

I will look for it and return; But for now I don't have the name of the course, or the university. I can remember is the year :).

Edit: Found it;

Dec 26, 2017 yanilkr on Ask HN: Any recommended books on developing mental models?
I found this very useful.
Sep 08, 2017 xtiansimon on Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?
This is not book, but it has 'content' and an 'author'. A Coursera course: "Model Thinking" by Scott E. Page

Dec 14, 2016 kriro on Thomas Schelling has died

Reminds me of the Coursera course on model thinking:

The segregation model was one of the models (which I though eas pretty neat), the course is basically an introduction to a bunch of different models to think about the world. Highly recommended.

Sep 07, 2016 dmacjam on What is the Nash Equilibrium and why does it matter?
I would like to recommend one more MOOC that covers different models (economic models, modelling people behavior, randomness, collective actions -Prisoner's dilemma, segregation models) and make you start thinking about the world in term of models.


Jun 02, 2016 gambler on The truth about deep learning
You can create emergent behavior even with very crude, seemingly simplistic rule-based models. Forget about AI. Think about modeling processes. You can model a process using a very crude set of hand-crafted rules and still get useful simulations that give you valuable insight into the original process.

There is a wonderful free course about this kinds of stuff:

Highly recommend it.

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