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Big Data;  Giant Networks

Interested in learning how to analyze ‘big data’ within ‘large networks’?

The ICPSR Summer Program is offering a special 5-day workshop on just this

*Analysis of Large-Scale Networks

Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 15-19, 2013

Instructor:  Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Harvard University


The workshop will cover computationally intensive methods used to
effectively handle and analyze large-scale networks on datasets involving
millions of people or data points.   For more information, visit our
website at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/

The workshop is based on learning how to write scripts, or short snippets
of code, using Python and NetworkX.  This approach is extremely versatile,
enabling one to analyze structural properties of networks, generate
networks from microscopic rules, simulate dynamic processes on networks,
and much more.  The approach is also scalable, meaning that the methods may
be applied to systems of various sizes, from small networks with a few
actors to massive networks consisting of millions of nodes.

Participants will learn the necessary scripting skills, and the associated
support skills, that will enable them to build their own tools for carrying
out computational network analysis. The basics of Python and NetworkX will
be taught (although this is not a course on programming) so that this
powerful combination can be applied by participants to network analysis.

After the workshop, and a little practice, the participants will be able to
run a large variety of analyses and simulations on networks. Some examples
include examining network properties under a structural perturbation (e.g.
node and/or tie removal); running epidemic spreading models (SIR, etc.) on
networks; detecting network communities; simulating opinion formation
models; generating networks from microscopic mechanisms; etc.

The workshop is a third-level course, and assumes that participants already
have experience in the methodology of network analysis at about the level
of the second networks course offered by the ICPSR Summer Program.

The workshop will include both lectures and hands-on computer laboratory

The ICPSR Summer Program offers over 80 distinct training courses for
researchers across the behavioral, social, and medical sciences.  For
information on this course and other network courses at ICPSR, along with
fees and registration, visit the ICPSR Summer Program website at

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
University of Michigan
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor  MI  48106-1248

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