Workshop on
Networks in the Social and Information Sciences, NIPS 2015
Saturday December 12, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Accepted papers and schedule now posted!


This workshop aims to bring together a diverse and cross-disciplinary set of researchers to discuss recent advances and future directions for developing new network methods in statistics and machine learning. In particular, we are interested in

While this research field is broad and diverse, there are emerging signs of convergence. For example, in the study of information diffusion, social media and social network researchers are beginning to use rigorous tools to distinguish effects driven by social influence, homophily, or external processes -- subjects historically of intense interest amongst statisticians and social scientists. Similarly, there is a growing statistics literature developing learning approaches to study topics popularized earlier within the physics community, including clustering in graphs, network evolution, and random-graph models. Finally, learning methods are increasingly used in highly complex application domains, such as large-scale knowledge graph construction and use, and massive social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. These applications are stimulating new scientific and practical questions that often cut across disciplinary boundaries.

Invited speakers:

Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University)
Emily Fox (University of Washington)
Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research)
Deepak Agarwal (LinkedIn)

Workshop schedule

Morning Session
9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00 Invited talk, Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
10:00 - 10:30 (Coffee break)
10:30 - 11:15 Poster spotlight session
11:15 - 12:30 Poster session

Lunch break (12:30-3:00pm)

Afternoon Session
3:00 - 3:45 Invited talk, Emily Fox, University of Washington
3:45 - 4:30 Invited talk, Hanna Wallach, Microsoft Research NYC
4:30 - 5:00 (Coffee break)
5:00 - 5:45 Invited talk, Deepak Agarwal, LinkedIn
5:45 - 6:00 Panel Discussion (with Deepak, Emily, Jon, and Hanna)

Poster presenters: please arrive 8:45-9:00 to set up your posters. Supplies for hanging posters will be provided.

Accepted papers

Bopeng Li, Sougata Chaudhuri, and Ambuj Tewari.
Handling Class Imbalance in Link Prediction using Learning to Rank Techniques

Justin Khim and Po-Ling Loh.
Confidence Sets for the Source of a Diffusion in Regular Trees

Victor Veitch and Daniel Roy.
The Class of Random Graphs Arising from Exchangeable Random Measures

Shandian Zhe, Pengyuan Wang, Kuang-Chih Lee, Zenglin Xu, Jian Yang, Youngja Park, and Yuan Qi.
Distributed Flexible Nonlinear Tensor Factorization for Large Scale Multiway Data Analysis

Joshua Blumenstock, Gabriel Cadamuro, and Robert On.
Predicting Poverty and Wealth from Mobile Phone Metadata

Argyris Kalogeratos, Kevin Scaman, and Nicolas Vayatis.
Learning to Suppress SIS Epidemics in Networks

Elisabeth Baseman and David Jensen.
Collaborative Behavior in Social Networks: A Relational Statistical Approach

Varun Gangal, Abhishek Narwekar, Balaraman Ravindran, and Ramasuri Narayanam.
Trust And Distrust Across Coalitions - Shapley Value Centrality Measures For Signed Networks

Arti Ramesh, Mario Rodriguez, and Lise Getoor.
Understanding Influence in Online Professional Networks

Tanmay Sinha, Wenjun Wang, and Xuechen Lei.
Teasing Apart Behavioral Protocols in Longitudinal Self-reported Friendship Networks

Tanmay Sinha, Wei Wei, and Kathleen Carley.
Modeling Similarity in Incentivized Interaction: A Longitudinal Case Study of StackOverFlow

Yali Wan and Marina Meila.
Benchmarking recovery theorems for the DC-SBM

James Atwood and Don Towsley.
Search-Convolutional Neural Networks

Guilllermo Santamaría and Vicenç Gomez.
Convex inference for community discovery in signed networks

Aldo Porco, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, and Vicenç Gomez.
Low-rank approximations for predicting voting behaviour

Kevin Carter, Rajmonda Caceres, and Benjamin Priest.
Characterization of Latent Social Networks Discovered through Computer Network Logs

Lin Li and William Campbell.
Matching Community Structure Across Online Social Networks

Sucheta Soundarajan, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Brian Gallagher, and Ali Pinar.
MaxOutProbe: An Algorithm for Increasing the Size of Partially Observed Networks

Sharan Vaswani, Laks V.S. Lakshmanan, and Mark Schmidt.
Influence Maximization with Bandits

Konstantina Palla, Francois Caron, and Yee Whye Teh.
A Bayesian nonparametric model for sparse dynamic networks

Tamara Broderick and Diana Cai.
Edge-exchangeable graphs and sparsity

Pau Perng-Hwa Kung and Deb Roy.
Measuring Responsiveness in the Online Public Sphere for the 2016 U.S. Election

Xiaojian Wu, Daniel Sheldon, and Shlomo Zilberstein.
Efficient Algorithms to Optimize Diffusion Processes under the Independent Cascade Model

Aaron Schein, Mingyuan Zhou, David Blei, and Hanna Wallach.
Modeling Topic-Partitioned Assortativity and Disassortativity in Dyadic Event Data (Best Student Poster Award)

Jack Hessel, Alexandra Schofield, Lillian Lee, and David Mimno.
What do Vegans do in their Spare Time? Latent Interest Detection in Multi-Community Networks

Diana Cai and Tamara Broderick.
Completely random measures for modeling power laws in sparse graphs

Yike Liu, Neil Shah, and Danai Koutra.
An Empirical Comparison of the Summarization Power of Graph Clustering Methods

Gintare Karolina Dziugaite, and Daniel Roy.
Neural Network Matrix Factorization

Chris Lloyd, Tom Gunter, Michael Osborne, and Stephen Roberts.
Inferring Dynamic Interaction Networks with N-LPPA

Charalampos Mavroforakis, Isabel Valera, and Manuel Gomez Rodriguez.
Hierarchical Dirichlet Hawkes Process for modeling the Dynamics of Online Learning Activity

Pinar Yanardag, and S.V.N. Vishwanathan.
A Submodular Framework for Graph Comparison

Online Submissions

We welcome the following types of papers:

Submissions will be lightly peer-reviewed. We encourage authors to emphasize the role of learning and its relevance to the application domains at hand. In addition, we hope to identify current successes in the area, and will therefore consider papers that apply previously proposed models to novel domains and data sets.

Submission format

Submissions should be 4-to-8 pages long, and adhere to NIPS format ( Please make the author information visible as in the final draft.

Submission procedure

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