Innovation dynamics

Little novelties are part of our everyday lives, more than we usually recognize. We meet new people, hear new words, listen to new songs, and use new technologies. Although these mundane events may seem inconsequential, it is possible to argue that they share some important dynamical features with innovations, long thought to play a key role in the evolution of biological systems, human society, and technology. What novelties and innovations share is that they often do not occur by chance. Rather they seem to be triggered by some previous novelty or innovation. This has been beautifully summarized by the notion of the adjacent possible introduced by Stuart Kauffman.

Although the creative power of this expansion into the adjacent possible is widely appreciated at an anecdotal level, it remains poorly understood theoretically and undocumented empirically. In the framework of the KREYON project we are presently interested in unfolding and quantifying the underlying mechanisms through which creativity emerges and innovations diffuse, compete and stabilize. This is a timely project due to the availability of extensive longitudinal records of human, social, biological and technological evolution. The aim is to provide the scientific community with a mathematical framework to describe and investigate innovation processes and how novelties pave the way for further adjacent novelties.

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Publications

2017

Monechi, Bernardo; Gravino, Pietro; Clemente, Riccardo Di

Trainstopping: modelling delays dynamics on railways networks (Journal Article)

Preprint, 2017.

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Cuskley, Christine; Castellano, Claudio; Colaiori, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio; Pugliese, Martina; Tria, Francesca

The regularity game: Investigating linguistic rule dynamics in a population of interacting agents (Journal Article)

Cognition, 159 , pp. 25–32, 2017.

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Rodi, Giovanna Chiara; Loreto, Vittorio; Tria, Francesca

Search strategies of Wikipedia readers (Journal Article)

PLOS ONE, 12 (2), pp. e0170746, 2017.

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Copystree: gaming artificial phylogenies (Periodical)

Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, 2017.

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2016

V Loreto VDP Servedio, SH Strogatz Tria

Dynamics on Expanding Spaces: Modeling the Emergence of Novelties (Book Chapter)

Mirko Degli Esposti Eduardo G. Altmann, François Pachet (Ed.): Creativity and Universality in Language, pp. 59-83, Springer International Publishing, 2016, ISBN: 978-3-319-24401-3.

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Mastroianni, Pierpaolo; Monechi, Bernardo; Servedio, Vito DP; Liberto, Carlo; Valenti, Gaetano; Loreto, Vittorio

Individual Mobility Patterns in Urban Environment (Inproceeding)

e COMPLEXIS 2016, 1st International Conference on Complex Information Systems, Rome, 22-24 April 2016, 2016.

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Gravino, Pietro; Caminiti, Saverio; Sirbu, Alina; Tria, Francesca; Servedio, Vito; Loreto, Vittorio

Unveiling political opinion structures with a web-experiment (Inproceeding)

COMPLEXIS 2016, 1st International Conference on Complex Information Systems, Rome, 22-24 April 2016, 2016.

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Monechi, Bernardo; Ruiz-Serrano, Alvaro; Tria, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio

Waves of Novelties in the Expansion into the Adjacent Possible (Journal Article)

submitted to Scientific Reports, 2016.

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Gravino, Pietro; Monechi, Bernardo; Servedio, Vito DP; Tria, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio

Crossing the horizon: exploring the adjacent possible in a cultural system (Proceeding)

Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Creativity, June 2016, 2016.

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Monechi, Bernardo; Gravino, Pietro; Servedio, Vito DP; Tria, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio

Significance and Popularity in Music Production Paper (Proceeding)

submitted to PLoS ONE, 2016.

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Thurner, Stefan

43 Visions for Complexity (Book)

World Scientific, 2016.

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Tria, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio; Servedio, Vito; Salikoko, Mufwene

Modeling The Emergence Of Creole Languages (Inproceeding)

Roberts,; Cuskley,; McCrohon,; Barceló-Coblijn,; Fehér,; Verhoef, (Ed.): The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANGX11), 2016.

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Cuskley, Christine; Loreto, Vittorio

The Emergence Of Rules And Exceptions In A Population Of Interacting Agents (Inproceeding)

Roberts,; Cuskley,; McCrohon,; Barceló-Coblijn,; Fehér,; Verhoef, (Ed.): The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANGX11), 2016.

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Sakellariou, Jason; Tria, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio; Pachet, François

Maximum entropy models capture melodic styles (Journal Article)

arXiv preprint arXiv:1610.03414, 2016.

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Gelardi, Valeria

Analysis of the Structure and the Collaborative Dynamics of GitHub Projects (Masters Thesis)

Undergraduate thesis at Torino University, 2016.

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Pugliese, Martina; Loreto, Vittorio; Pompei, Simone; Tria, Francesca

Exploring the evolution of pathogens organised in discrete antigenic clusters (Journal Article)

Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 2016 (9), pp. 093306, 2016.

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Loreto, Vittorio; Gravino, Pietro; Servedio, Vito DP; Tria, Francesca

On the Emergence of Syntactic Structures: Quantifying and Modeling Duality of Patterning (Journal Article)

Topics in cognitive science, 8 (2), pp. 469–480, 2016.

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2015

Mastroianni, Pierpaolo; Monechi, Bernardo; Liberto, Carlo; Valenti, Gaetano; Servedio, Vito DP; Loreto, Vittorio

Local Optimization Strategies in Urban Vehicular Mobility (Journal Article)

PloS one, 10 (12), pp. e0143799, 2015.

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Rodi, Giovanna Chiara; Loreto, Vittorio; Servedio, Vito DP; Tria, Francesca

Optimal Learning Paths in Information Networks (Journal Article)

Scientific Reports, 5 (10286), 2015.

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Tria, Francesca; Servedio, Vito; Mufwene, Salikoko; Loreto, Vittorio

Modeling the Emergence of Contact Languages (Journal Article)

PLoS ONE, 10 (4), pp. e0120771, 2015.

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Cuskley, Christine; Colaiori, Francesca; Castellano, Claudio; Loreto, Vittorio; Pugliese, Martina; Tria, Francesca

The adoption of linguistic rules in native and non-native speakers: Evidence from a Wug task (Journal Article)

Journal of Memory and Language, 84 , pp. 205 - 223, 2015, ISSN: 0749-596X.

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Colaiori, Francesca; Castellano, Claudio; Cuskley, Christine; Loreto, Vittorio; Pugliese, Martina; Tria, Francesca

General three-state model with biased population replacement: Analytical solution and application to language dynamics (Journal Article)

Phys. Rev. E, 91 , pp. 012808, 2015.

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Baronchelli, Andrea; Loreto, Vittorio; Puglisi, Andrea

Individual biases, cultural evolution, and the statistical nature of language universals: The case of colour naming systems (Journal Article)

PloS one, 10 (5), pp. e0125019, 2015.

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Sakellariou, Jason; and Tria, Francesca; Vittorio, Loreto; Pachet, François

Maximum entropy model for melodic patterns (Inproceeding)

ICML Workshop on Constructive Machine Learning, 2015.

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2014

Tria, Francesca; Loreto, Vittorio; Servedio, Vito Domenico Pietro; Strogatz, Steven

The dynamics of correlated novelties (Journal Article)

Nature Scientific Reports, 4 (5890), 2014.

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2013

Caminiti, Saverio; Cicali, Claudio; Gravino, Pietro; Loreto, Vittorio; Servedio, Vito DP; Sirbu, Alina; Tria, Francesca

XTribe: a web-based social computation platform (Inproceeding)

Cloud and Green Computing (CGC), 2013 Third International Conference on, pp. 397–403, IEEE 2013.

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