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Accurate and scalable social recommendation using mixed-membership stochastic block models

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA - Dec. 13, 2016



Recommendation systems are designed to predict users’ preferences and provide them with recommendations for items such as books or movies that suit their needs. Recent developments show that some probabilistic models for user preferences yield better predictions than latent feature models such as matrix factorization. However, it has not been...

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Differences in collaboration patterns across discipline, career stage, and gender

PLoS Biol. - Nov. 4, 2016



Collaboration plays an increasingly important role in promoting research productivity and impact. What remains unclear is whether female and male researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines differ in their collaboration propensity. Here, we report on an empirical analysis of the complete publication records of 3,980 faculty members...

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Long-term evolution of email networks: Statistical regularities, predictability and stability of social behaviors

PLOS ONE - Jan. 6, 2016



In social networks, individuals constantly drop ties and replace them by new ones in a highly unpredictable fashion. This highly dynamical nature of social ties has important implications for processes such as the spread of information or of epidemics. Several studies have demonstrated the influence of a number of factors...

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Complex Systems

Cells, ecosystems and economies are examples of complex systems. In complex systems, individual components interact with each other, usually in nonlinear ways, giving rise to complex networks of interactions that are neither totally regular nor totally random. Partly because of the interactions themselves and partly because of the interaction's topology, complex systems cannot be properly understood by just analyzing their constituent parts.

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Data Science

Humans generate information at an unprecedented pace, with some estimates suggesting that, in a year, we now produce on the order of 10^21 bytes of data, millions of times the amount of information in all the books ever written. Processing this "data deluge", as some have called it, requires new tools and new approaches at the interface of statistics, statistical and machine learning, network theory and statistical physics.

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Multidisciplinarity

Our goal is to push forward the boundaries of science. We are interested in addressing fundamental questions in all areas of science including natural, social and economic sciences. We put a special emphasis in the development of tools that aid scientific discovery through understanding and quantification of a specific phenomenon. To this end we have assembled a multidisciplinary team and have established solid collaborations with experts in biology, social sciences, ecology and economics.