SI 508, SI 708, CS 608 Networks



508 cTools
608/708 cTools

Readings, assignments, etc. will be posted to the course ctools website

problem sets

this year's projects

projects from previous years:
fall 2007
winter 2007
winter 2006

software tools for the class

other resources

Lada Adamic


Fall 2008:

Mondays 4-5:30 pm
Joint lecture for SI 508, SI 708, CS 608 in WH 311 4-5:30

Wednesdays 4-5:30pm
SI 508 only: meet in the DIAD lab.

Thursdays 10:30-12:00 SI 708 and CS 608 only: meet in WH 317A (complex systems lounge) for a discussion session

Office hours:
Mondays 2-3pm
Mondays, Weds. 5:40-6:10pm

SI 508 & 708, CS608 projects



This page serves the purpose of showing off students' projects.

Click here for the syllabus of the course.
If that's not exciting enough for you, you can experiment with some of the online demos.

A Network Approach to Lexical Growth and Syntactic Evolution in Child Language Acquisition
Matt Adamo
Samantha Boylan

A network analysis of a single infants' speech patterns from age one to four shows an initial increase in vocabulary, but also a period when the child increasingly links the terms (an directed edge is drawn between two words uttered together). These networks are compared against the mothers' networks, and give greater insight into how speech is acquired beyond word counts.

CampusRoost Network Analysis Report
Gaurav Bhatnagar & Jim Laing

What makes a successful online/offline community? Gaurav and Jim look at CampusRoost, an online community meant to acquaint proximate houses in Ann Arbor. Surprisingly, many of the interactions are long-range and communities don't necessarily correspond to neighborhoods. Gaurav and Jim make specific recommendations for building this community based on their analysis.

RELATE Final Report
Lucas Jarmin & Benjamin Malley

Amazon has been recommending "Twilight" instead of good old classics of literature. Lucas and Ben come to the rescue. By constructing a network of books with similar textual signatures (e.g. number of words per sentence), they are able to link works by the same author, but also pinpoint anomalous authors whose writing style evolves from book to book, and authors whose writing is similar.

Exploring Incentive Centered Design with Network Analysis
Ami Arnault & Miles Putnam

Ami and Miles were grappling with what Incentive Centered Design, one of the specializations at SI, actually is. They took the ICD faculty,their papers and coauthors, and applied network analysis to see what disciplines feed into ICD and who the central figures are in this area (at least from the SI vantage point).

The World Cities Network: How the Network is Structured and Responds to Crises
Yonga Hwang

The worlds' cities are linked through the international corporations that reside in them. Yonga uses network analysis to identify the most central cities and to analyze how robust this global network would be with respect to removal of firms.

MITBBS forum analysis
Yawen Lei, Yang Liu, Xiandan Zhou & Beilei Zhang

MITBBS is one of the largest online forums hosted outside of China where there is no censorship imposed by the Chinese Goverment. This study examines three boards: "Military", "Salon", and "ChinaNews" and completes a community analysis of the interactions among users. It also examines the correlation of informatives of a users' posts and their centrality in the discussion network.

Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, the other student groups were either working with data so juicy it needs to stay tucked away, at least for now, or are going to submit their work for publication, or both... So stay tuned, because there will be a lot more stuff here soon, hopefully with citations to fancy publication venues.