CS&E Seminar: Aris Anagnostopoulos - 21 May 2010 - 12.00 @ Aula Magna

Speaker: Aris Anagnostopoulos, Marie Curie Fellow at DIS

Title: Understanding Users' Behavior in Social Networks

Date: 21 May 2010, 12:00 noon

Location: Aula Magna at DIS

Abstract. In this talk I will present some ongoing work on understanding social network users' behavior. Initially, I will focus on the identification of influence in social-network data. This is a difficult task in general, since there are many other factors such as homophily or unobserved confounding variables that can induce statistical correlation between the actions of friends in a social network. I will present statistical tests that can distinguish between social influence and other sources of social correlation in users' actions, giving theoretical and empirical justification. Next, I will discuss about a popular family of models in social theory for social-network analysis, that of affiliation networks, and formulate how we can identify users' affiliations that induce ties between them.

Aris Anagnostopoulos is a postdoc at the Department of Computer and System Sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome. Before coming to DIS he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Yahoo! Research Labs in Silicon Valley, California. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Brown University. His research focuses on the development of data-mining techniques and on the design and analysis of randomized and approximation algorithms with applications on problems such as web search, social networks, computational advertising, and computer security.

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