Distinguished Professor David Lazer and his colleagues analyzed global-scale databases of news events and found them wanting. Their recommendations for improvements would enable researchers to build models anticipating everything from the escalation of conflicts to the progression of epidemics.
Matt Simonson got his undergraduate degree in math and international studies, but wasn’t sure they could be used together. That was until he found Northeastern’s first-in-the-nation doctoral program in network science—and now he’s using math to understand human relationships and tackle global challenges.
The Network Science Institute, home of the nation’s first doctoral program in network science, brings together an interdisciplinary team of renowned Northeastern scholars to plumb the structure and function of systems and develop intervention strategies to improve the health and security of people around the world.
Northeastern computational social scientist David Lazer and his interdisciplinary research team have demonstrated that mobile phone data can be used to predict future unemployment rates up to four months before the release of official reports and more accurately than traditional forecasts.
Findings reported in a new paper co-authored by Northeastern Distinguished Professor David Lazer challenge conventional wisdom that politics is all about targeting your base and tiptoeing around the opposition.
A new study co-authored by a team of Northeastern University faculty and students has found numerous instances of price steering and discrimination on many popular e-commerce retail and travel websites. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, they say—so long as the companies are transparent.
A new study using sociometers—devices that track individuals’ interactions with one another—suggests that context plays a large role in whether or not women talk more than men.
Northeastern post-doctoral researcher Brian Keegan explains the science, the debate, and the implications of a recent Facebook study on the spread of emotion through the social network in a guest blog post on iNSolution.
In response to revelations of failures in the Google Flu Trends’ predictive capabilities, Northeastern University researchers examined how Big Data can best be utilized for scientific gain in a report published online on Thursday in the journal Science.
Network scientists at Northeastern took advantage of a visit from Hungarian President János Áder to present research on the social network of the city’s Hungarian expat community.
Northeastern professors David Lazer, an authority on social networks, and Alessandro Vespignani, a world-renowned statistical physicist, addressed members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in a briefing on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
The pioneering degree program, which will begin this fall, will focus on an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the underlying complexity of various systems.
Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research organized a daylong symposia on the Science of Success on Monday, bringing together experts in fields ranging from business to physics.
The fourth event in Northeastern’s yearlong educational series on civic sustainability last Wednesday focused on suspect motivation, the importance of resilience, and the role of social media.
“Are you okay?” Words like these appeared on the screens of millions of Boston residents’ and visitors’ mobile phones on April 15, the day two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon […]
At the world’s largest science conference, Northeastern scholars urged interdisciplinary communication to develop solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to Northeastern faculty members about President Barack Obama’s electoral win over Republican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close popular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the university are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.
A team of Northeastern researchers is probing media output, political campaign language and financial data to reveal the invisible networks of language and money in the presidential election.
Northeastern is hosting an exhibit that showcases how mapmakers today are exploring what it means to visualize science: its principles and interconnections.
Network scientists David Lazer and Alessandro Vespignani are awarded a major grant for interdisciplinary work analyzing the interdependence of networks in different kinds of systems.
Northeastern researchers tracked the language of millions of tweets to capture the nation’s political mood before today’s elections
Study led by Northeastern professor finds that many House and Senate members don’t address tough issues on their websites
Study concludes that online Town Halls increase voters’ support for lawmakers and participation in politics
Northeastern’s world-renowned network science center welcomes new scholar to its team. He plans to show how data collection can transform social sciences.
(with A. Friedman) Administrative Science Quarterly 52 (December 2007): 667–694.
(with I. Mergel and M. Binz-Scharf) International Journal of Learning and Change, Vol. 3 No. 1 (2008): 5-22.
(with F. Bieber and C. Brenner) Science 312, June 2, 2006.