Social Network Analysis with Lada Adamic



hi my name is Lada Adamic I'm an associate professor at the School of Information and the Center for the study of complex systems at the University of Michigan I've been spending the last year my sabbatical year at Facebook I've also taught network analysis for the past five years what is network analysis useful for well everything's connected people are connected through social networks they're connected to information organization places you can only get so far by studying the individual you really need to study the system as a whole in the system is a network network analysis draws from graph theory mathematics social network theory in sociology and more recently the past 10 or 15 years from a number of developments in fields as diverse as computer science physics biology economics the way we'll go about learning in this class is I will give a series of short lectures 10 or 15 minutes explaining the theory and the methods then you will be able to interact with some online demos that will help you build intuition about the structure and the evolution of networks and the processes that occur on them you'll also have an opportunity to use state-of-the-art software tools in order to analyze real world data sets now you don't need a math or programming background to do most of the assignments however if you do have such a background I will provide additional assignments that will give you exposure to a broad range of tools the questions that you should be able to answer at the end of this course are for example who are the most important nodes in the network or is there hidden community structure how does this structure affect processes such as diffusion or opinion formation I hope we'll be able to examine those questions together in the fall I'll see you then




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  1. At first sight, I thought it was a supercool microscope xD

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    I can't wait for the most recent course.

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