Author Archive: dag8523

A manifesto for reproducible science

Improving the reliability and efficiency of scientific research will increase the credibility of the published scientific literature and accelerate discovery. Here we argue for the adoption of measures to optimize key elements of the scientific process: methods, reporting and dissemination, reproducibility, evaluation... read more »


Evidence of complex contagion of information in social media: An experiment using Twitter bots

It has recently become possible to study the dynamics of information diffusion in techno-social systems at scale, due to the emergence of online platforms, such as Twitter, with millions of users. One question that systematically recurs is whether information spreads according to simple or complex dynamics: does each exposure... read more »


SONIC Students presenting at OCMC 2017

On October 13-15, SONIC Ph.D. students Kyosuke Tanaka, Zachary Gibson, Diego Gomez-Zara, and the Ph.D. candidates Marlon Twyman and Jaqueline Ng will present at the Organizational Communication Mini Conference, held in Athens, Ohio.    read more »


Diego Gomez-Zara presenting at Computation+Journalism 2017

SONIC graduate student, Diego Gomez-Zara, will present one poster at the Computational + Journalism Symposium (C+J) 2017 held at Northwestern University on October 13th, 2017. We present a system that identifies the main entities of the article, and it uses dictionaries based on fictional characters and sentiment analysis... read more »


Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader

Sue Ashford, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, breaks down her decades of research on leadership—who achieves it, and how a group grants it. She explains that the world isn’t divided into leaders and followers. Instead, it’s a state that everyone can reach, whether they’re officially... read more »


SONIC papers presented at the 1st NASN Conference in DC

Four SONIC papers were presented at the 1st North America Social Networks (NASN) Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), held on July 26th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017 in DC, USA. (more…)  read more »


Diego Gomez-Zara will attend the Web Science Summer School 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Between July 1st-8th, Diego Gomez-Zara, graduate student at SONIC Lab, will attend the upcoming WSTNet Web Science Summer School in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is going to present his work “Leveraging Computational Social Science to address Grand Societal Challenges.”  read more »


Diego Gomez-Zara will present an ERGMs workshop at SocVis

On August 12th, SONIC’s Ph.D. student Diego Gómez-Zará is going to conduct a workshop to the group SocVis, at the Universidad Católica’s Department of Computer Science, Santiago, Chile. He is going to teach Exponential Random Graphs Models (ERGM), a technique for the statistical modeling of social networks.  read more »


The ‘time machine’ reconstructing ancient Venice’s social networks

Machine-learning project will analyse 1,000 years of maps and manuscripts from the floating city’s golden age. History hangs heavy at the Frari, and computer scientist Frédéric Kaplan likes it that way. He has an ambition to capture well over 1,000 years of records in dynamic digital form, encompassing the glorious... read more »


How to judge a book by its network

Taking advantage of the ‘customers who bought this item also bought’ feature of online commerce, this study constructed a co-purchase network of political books and science books. Researches found a clear division, which they label “partisan differences in the consumption of science”. Both groups bought science... read more »