HEROIC project member Emma Spiro presented research at the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference. Spiro presented a poster entitled, “Rumoring in Extreme Events,” exploring rumoring about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including network structure among official government accounts occurring on a popular micro-blogging service.
Lab members Zack Almquist, Sean Fitzhugh, Lorien Jasny, Nicole Pierski, and Emma Spiro will present ongoing research at this week’s 4th Annual Political Networks Conference at the University of Michigan.
Zack Almquist will present a poster, “Contending Parties: A Logistic Choice Analysis of Inter and Intra-group Blog Citation Dynamics in the 2004 US Presidential Election” (co-authored with Carter Butts). This poster exams the study of the dynamics of interaction within and between DNC- and RNC-designated blogs through a dynamic logistic choice model.
Sean Fitzhugh will present a poster, “A Cross-National Comparison of the Effects of Military and Political Participation on Life Histories,” exploring how a network framework can be used in identifying population-level patterns in traditional life history data.
Lorien Jasny will present “Dynamic Networks of Political Culture,” applying a relational approach to Ronald Inglehart’s Postmaterialist Thesis.
Nicole Pierski will present “Semantic Networks in the Political Blogosphere,” examining the political discourse of DNC- and RNC- credentialed blogs during the 2004 Presidential Election.
Emma Spiro will present a poster, “Rumoring in Extreme Events,” exploring rumoring about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including network structure among official government accounts occurring on a popular micro-blogging service.
Lab Member Zack Almquist was recently awarded the UCI’s Order of Merit A. Kimball Romney Award for his research paper, “Predicting Regional Self-identification from Spatial Network Models.”
Lab PI Butts and collaborators in UCI’s Department of Computer Science are offering a full-time post-doctoral scholar position in the area of statistical network analysis. Responsibilities will include conducting basic research on new statistical learning algorithms for modeling complex data sets, including text data, relational/network data, and temporal data. The successful candidate will work with members of the NCASD Lab as part of our interdisciplinary research team, in addition to collaborating with project team members at UCI and elsewhere. More information on the position and how to apply is available at UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences employment page.
Congratulations to lab member Chris Marcum, who has won and accepted a two-year post-doctoral at the National Institute of Aging at RAND. Marcum’s research interests include aging and the life course, and his dissertation research focuses on health and structural explanations of age differences in day-to-day social interaction.
We are pleased to announce the introduction of the informR package for R by Lab member Chris Marcum, a new software tool to create sequence statistics for the egocentric relational events model using the relevent package for R. The package can be downloaded from the r-project here: informR .
Lab member Zack Almquist will be attending the SAMSI (Duke, UNC, NCSate, and RTI) workshop: “Complex Networks: Dynamics on Networks,” on March 21-23 in North Carolina where he will present a poster on his researcher on regional identification. The poster, titled “Spatial Network Models for Predicting Regional Identification,” incorporates research he did for his masters paper and more recent work done with lab PI Carter Butts. This research was in part funded by the Office of Naval Research under award N00014-08-1-1015 and the National Science Foundation (NSF) under award BCS-0827027.
Lab PI Carter Butts will be speaking at UMass Amherst on Friday, March 25, as part of the UMass Computational Social Science series. Butts’s talk will present work on non-parametric Bayesian methods for detecting structural biases in populations of networks. These methods can be employed to identify common features within groups, organizations, or other aggregates, while accounting for population diversity and potential confounding factors. Potential applications include identifying the determinants of robustness in emergency response networks, and characteristics associated with enhanced organizational performance.
Project Co-PIs Carter Butts and Jeannette Sutton were recently featured in the Colorado Springs Business Journal in an article about the founding of the Project and the Project team’s research. The full article can be found here.
Lab PI Butts will present a workshop on “Sampling and Network Inference” at the 4th Annual Political Networks Conference and Workshops at the University of Michigan on June 16, 2011. The conference brings together those who study political networks from across a variety of disciplines. More information on the conference and workshops can be found here.