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Dissertation Improvement Grant Awarded to Lab Member Zack Almquist and his Advisor Carter Butts

Published on February 25, 2013 by

Zack W. Almquist, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and his advisor Carter T. Butts (Professor, Departments of Sociology and Statistics), have recently been awarded a NSF Dissertation Improvement grant from the Methodology, Measurement and Statistics Program in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences. This work will support Almquist’s ongoing research on dynamic network models with joint edge/vertex evolution. Specifically, this project will improve and extend the current state of the art in missing and sampled data methods for dynamic network models. These methods will allow improved inference and prediction for dynamic social network processes (e.g., online social networks, disaster response networks, and sexual contact networks), problems of immediate importance to sociologists, statisticians, computer scientists, demographers, epidemiologists, and public policy researchers. In addition to the development of new methodology, this research will involve validation on real-world case studies, such as the 2005 Hurricane Katrina response, of immediate importance to practitioners and the general public.  Almquist is a member of the Networks, Computation, and Social Dynamics Lab ( at UCI, and is a graduate fellow of the UCI Center for Networks and Relational Analysis (  His research focuses on the development of new techniques for the modeling of social networks, large-scale network analysis, and spatial demography.

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