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Aaron  Clauset

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

ECOT 743
1045 Regent Drive 430 UCB
Boulder CO, 80309‐0430 USA

Office Hours

Wednesday, 10:00-11:30am, or by appointment


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Research Interests

My research focuses on developing novel algorithms and models for understanding the data generated by complex biological and social systems. These efforts are multidisciplinary, drawing heavily on data analysis, statistics and probability, algorithms, machine learning, and statistical physics. I am particularly interested in probabilistic models, the structure and function of complex networks, the organization and dynamics of complex biological systems, macroevolution, the microbiome, and the dynamics conflict and competition.


BS, Haverford College; PhD, University of New Mexico


Aaron Clauset received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico and a BS in Physics from Haverford College, and was an Omidyar Fellow at the prestigious Santa Fe Institute.

Clauset is an internationally recognized expert on complex networks, complex systems, the statistics of rare events, global patterns in terrorism and war. His work has appeared in prestigious scientific venues like Nature, Science, JACM, STOC, AAAI, SIAM Review, Physical Review Letters, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and has been covered in the popular press by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Miller-McCune, the Boston Globe and The Guardian.