Ian Thomas Malone



November 2020



ASOIAF: Data Science & Network Theory

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We’re back in Westeros! Delighted to welcome Professor Colm Connaughton from the University of Warwick to discuss a paper he worked on, alongside a team from several universities in the UK & Ireland.


The paper “Narrative structure of A Song of Ice and Fire creates a fictional world with realistic measure of social complexity” dives into the ways George R.R. has crafted such an intricate universe that mirrors our own society while remaining accessible to readers.

Colm presents many of his findings in a fascinating conversation that touches subjects including Barristan Selmy, House Frey, the Meereenese Knot, & podcast favorite Stannis Baratheon among many others. Join us for a delightful dive into Westeros lore.

The full paper can be read here (recommended reading before or during the episode): https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/10/27/2006465117


You can follow Colm on Twitter @CPConnaughton