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Dr. Paul M. Torrens, Center for Urban Science + Progress, New York University

Modeling space-time behavior in social group formation

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Project overview

As part of this project, we are developing a methodology that can link coded observation data and space-time data with a relatively high spatial and temporal positional accuracy, for the purposes of exploring relationships between behavioral geography and social group formation. We are applying this technology to the exploration of social group formation in the dynamics of children’s play routines . A team of coders have been documenting the social signals, interactions, and affects of group members in a day-care center all day, every day, for the last two years. For our component of the project, we are developing novel space-time tracking schemes and related temporal Geographic Information Systems and spatiotemporal analyses to fashion empirical signatures of their movement and spatial interactions.

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space-time paths

Traces of two children's movement in space (X, Y dimensions) and time (Z dimension) within a daycare facility. Coded qualitative data on their affect, social interactions, individual, and group behavior are joined to the space-time data in a coupled informatics system. These data are then mined to determine how children develop and maintain groups over long periods of social interaction, in order to explore the role of education, play, space, place, competition, cooperation, resources, and group behavior in shaping their early social interactions.

Griffin, Torrens, Fewell (2006-2009). "Modeling time, space, and behavior: Combining ABM & GIS to create typologies of playgroup dynamics in preschool children", National Science Foundation (Human and Social Dynamics).
Related groups
Senseable City Lab at MIT
MIT Reality Mining group
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Arizona State University
Peers across landscapes, Arizona State University


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