Instructor: Mark Newman
Office: 322 West Hall
Office hours: Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm
This course will introduce and develop the mathematical theory of networks, particularly social and technological networks, with applications to network-driven phenomena in the Internet, search engines, network resilience, epidemiology, and many other areas.
Topics covered will include experimental studies of social networks, the world wide web, information and biological networks; methods and computer algorithms for the analysis and interpretation of network data; graph theory; models of networks including random graphs and preferential attachment models; network dynamics.
Students should have studied calculus and linear algebra before taking the course, and should in particular be comfortable with the solution of linear differential equations and with the calculation and properties of eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices. In addition, a moderate portion of the course, perhaps three weeks, will deal with computer methods for analyzing networks. Although students will not be required to write computer programs, some experience with computer programming will be a great help in understanding this part of the course.
There will be weekly graded problem sets, consisting of questions on both theory and applications. There will be two mid-term exams but no final. The mid-terms will be in class at the usual time on October 18 and December 11.
There will be reading assignments for each lecture. The assignments are listed on the schedule below. Students are expected to do the reading for each lecture in a timely manner.
Textbook (required): Networks: An Introduction, M. E. J. Newman, Oxford University Press, Oxford (2010)
In addition to this required text, a list of other useful books is given below. None of them is required, but you may find them useful if you want a second opinion or more detail on certain topics.
General books on networks:
Books on specific networky topics:
|Tuesday, Sept. 4||Introduction||Chapter 1|
|Thursday, Sept. 6||Technological and social networks||Chapters 2 and 3|
|Tuesday, Sept. 11||Information and biological networks||Chapters 4 and 5|
|Thursday, Sept. 13||Basic mathematics of networks||6.1-6.11||Homework 1||Homework 1 handed out|
|Tuesday, Sept. 18||Centrality||7.1-7.7|
|Thursday, Sept. 20||Transitivity, reciprocity, assortativity||7.8-7.13||Homework 2||Homework 1 due, Homework 2 handed out|
|Tuesday, Sept. 25||Network structure and degree distributions||8.1-8.6|
|Thursday, Sept. 27||Computer algorithms and complexity||Chapter 9||Homework 3||Homework 2 due, Homework 3 handed out|
|Tuesday, Oct. 2||Shortest paths||10.1-10.4|
|Thursday, Oct. 4||Maximum flows and minimum cuts||6.12 and 10.5||Homework 4, Data file||Homework 3 due, Homework 4 handed out|
|Tuesday, Oct. 9||Matrix algorithms and graph partitioning||Chapter 11|
|Thursday, Oct. 11||Maximum likelihood methods||Homework 4 due, no new homework this week|
|Tuesday, Oct. 16||No class||Fall Break|
|Thursday, Oct. 18||Mid-term 1||In class, usual time and place|
|Tuesday, Oct. 23||Random graphs 1||12.1-12.5|
|Thursday, Oct. 25||Random graphs 2||12.6-12.8||Homework 5||Homework 5 handed out|
|Tuesday, Oct. 30||Configuration models 1||13.1-13.4|
|Thursday, Nov. 1||Configuration models 2||13.5-13.8||Homework 6||Homework 5 due, Homework 6 handed out|
|Tuesday, Nov. 6||Configuration models 3||13.9-13.11|
|Thursday, Nov. 8||Network spectra||Homework 7||Homework 6 due, Homework 7 handed out|
|Tuesday, Nov. 13||Generative models 1||14.1-14.2|
|Thursday, Nov. 15||Generative models 2||14.3||Homework 8||Homework 7 due, Homework 8 handed out, due Nov. 29|
|Tuesday, Nov. 20||Generative models 3||14.4-14.5|
|Thursday, Nov. 22||No class||Thanksgiving|
|Tuesday, Nov. 27||Percolation||Chapter 16|
|Thursday, Nov. 29||Epidemics on networks||17.1-17.8||Homework 9||Homework 8 due, Homework 9 handed out|
|Tuesday, Dec. 4||Network dynamics||Chapter 18|
|Thursday, Dec. 6||Network search||Chapter 19||Homework 9 due|
|Tuesday, Dec. 11||Mid-term 2||In class, usual time and place|