Aaron Clauset

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Aaron Clauset
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materHaverford College and University of New Mexico
Known forPower law, Community structure
AwardsErdös-Rényi Prize in Network Science
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science and Physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado Boulder and Santa Fe Institute
Doctoral advisorCristopher Moore

Aaron Clauset is an American computer scientist who works in the areas of Network Science, Machine Learning, and Complex Systems. He is currently a professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and is external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.


Clauset completed his undergraduate studies in Physics and Computer Science at Haverford College in 2001.[1] He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2006 from the University of New Mexico under the supervision of Cristopher Moore.[2] He was then an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute until 2010.


In 2010, he joined the University of Colorado Boulder as an Assistant Professor, with primary appointments in the Computer Science Department and the BioFrontiers Institute, an interdisciplinary institute focused on quantitative systems biology. He joined the founding editorial board of Science Advances as an Associate Editor in 2014, and became the Deputy Editor responsible for social and interdisciplinary sciences in 2017. In 2018, he was award tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Clauset is best known for work done with Cosma Shalizi and Mark Newman on developing rigorous statistics tests for the presence of a power law pattern in empirical data, and for showing that many distributions that were claimed to be power laws actually were not. He is also known for his work on developing algorithms for detecting community structure in complex networks, particularly a model of hierarchical clustering in networks developed with Cristopher Moore and Mark Newman. In other work, Clauset is known for his specific discovery, with Maxwell Young and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, that the frequency and severity of terrorist events worldwide follows a power-law distribution. This discovery was summarized by Nate Silver in his popular science book The Signal and the Noise.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2015, Clauset received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to develop and evaluate new methods for characterizing the structure of networks. In 2016, Clauset received the Erdös-Rényi Prize in Network Science from the Network Science Society his contributions to the study of network structure, including Internet mapping, inference of missing links, and community structure, and for his provocative analyses of human conflicts and social stratification.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Aaron Clauset was a contestant on the fourth season of the NBC reality television show Average Joe: The Joe Strikes Back, which aired in 2005.[4] Since 2002, he has written a blog Structure+Strangeness on science, complex systems, and computation.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2016-06-30.
  2. ^ Aaron Clauset at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "Erdős–Rényi prize for young scientists". Network Science Society. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. ^ "realitytvworld".

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