Alexander M. Petersen

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IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca

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Piazza S. Ponziano, 6
Lucca, Tuscany 55100

phone: +39 0583 432-6609 (IMT)
skype: petersenalex

Assistant professor at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, a member of the Economics and Institutional Change division and the Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems (AXES) research unit, and soon joining the Management Program faculty at the University of California Merced. Before joining the IMT, I spent my doctoral years at Boston University where I received my Ph. D. in Physics in May 2011 (Advisor: H. Eugene Stanley). My curricula and research have focused on the analysis of stochastic phenomena in the social and economic sciences using concepts and methods from statistical physics. I am currently involved in analyzing "big data" comprising (i) high-frequency Trades and Quotes (TAQ) financial data, (ii) Google n-gram data, and (iii) measures for longevity, success, productivity and innovation in science and professional sports. In the most broad sense, I search for statistical regularities in empirical data which can be used to better understand patterns of growth in diverse complex systems.

Research Interests

  • Career growth, longevity, output, collaboration in science
  • Growth, life-cycles, and coevolution in complex systems
  • Spatial mobility and innovation networks
  • Models of science, scientometrics, citation statistics
  • Stochastic models of financial markets, public debt, bankruptcy
  • Stochastic opinion formation models
  • Quantifying competition and acheivement in professional sports

I. Curriculum Vitae (06/2015)
II. Publications, Presentations & Press
III. Spanish-Italian conjugation map