[gov3009-l] Airoldi on "A statistical perspective on complex networks"

Matt Blackwell mblackwell at iq.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 3 12:28:01 EST 2009

Hi all,

Sorry for omission on location. The workshop will be in room K354 of
CGIS Knafel (1737 Cambridge St).


On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Matt Blackwell
<mblackwell at iq.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I hope you can join us at the Applied Statistics Workshop this
> Wednesday, November 4th, when we will be happy to have Edo Airoldi,
> Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics here at Harvard.
> Edo will be presenting a talk entitled "A statistical perspective on
> complex networks" for which he has provided the following abstract:
> Networks are ubiquitous in science and have become a focal point for
> discussion in everyday life. Formal statistical models for the
> analysis of network data have emerged as a major topic of interest in
> diverse areas of science, as many scientific inquiries involve
> collections of measurements on pairs of objects. Probability models on
> graphs date back to 1959. Along with empirical studies in social
> psychology and sociology from the 1960s, these early works generated
> an active network community and a substantial literature in the 1970s.
> This effort moved into the statistical literature in the late 1970s
> and 1980s, and the past decade has seen a burgeoning network
> literature in statistical physics and computer science. The growth of
> the World Wide Web and the emergence of online networking communities
> such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and a host of more specialized
> professional network communities has intensified interest in the study
> of networks and network data. In this talk, I will review a few ideas
> that are central to this burgeoning literature. I will emphasize
> formal model descriptions, and pay special attention to the
> interpretation of parameters and their estimation. I will conclude by
> describing open problems and challenges for machine learning and
> statistics.
> The workshop will be begin at 12 noon with a light lunch. We usually
> wrap up around 1:30p. We hope you can make it.
> Cheers,
> matt.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~
> Matthew Blackwell
> PhD Candidate
> Institute for Quantitative Social Science
> Department of Government
> Harvard University
> email: mblackwell at iq.harvard.edu
> url: http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~blackwel/

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