Welcome to the educational module Modeling the Dynamics of Cultural Diversification!
This online module introduces theory and methods to explain change in the diversity of cultural objects and ideas through time. The macroevolutionary approach presented in these tutorials is particularly useful for explaining cultural dynamics that occur over larger and longer frames of analysis, where observed phenomena cannot be easily traced to individual-level mechanisms, and/or individual-level data may be incomplete.
We designed the modules for two types of users: 1) those who are looking to apply these methods to their own datasets and 2) those who are more interested in the underlying statistical models and algorithms. We focus on providing intuitive explanations of our models in the main text, but please see the "Deep Dive" content for deeper technical details of the math and algorithms to learn more.
Most importantly, we want these tutorials to help foster a new perspective on methods useful for the macroevolutionary analysis of culture. If you have any additional questions or suggestions for these tutorials please feel free to contact the lead developers: Bernard Koch or Erik Gjesfjeld.
To access the tutorials: Click here or use the dropdown menu above under "Tutorials."
Modeling the Dynamics of Cultural Diversification is one of a series of online teaching modules sponsored by the Cultural Evolution Society and the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.
This project was supported by Grant #61105 from the John Templeton Foundation to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (PIs: S. Gavrilets and P. J. Richerson) with assistance from the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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