Professor in Political Science and Computer and Information Science

David Lazer

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Complexity and Social Networks Blog

April 21, 2014

St.Petersburg, August 8 - 13, 2014

We invite advanced students and young researchers to participate in the International Social Network Analysis Summer School organized by Network Science Lab and Sociology of Education and Science Lab of...

April 13, 2014

Please join us for this workshop on Github.

GitHub Basics
Tuesday, April 15
Center for Complex Network Research
Dana Building, 5th Floor
12:00-1:30 pm

with Navid Dianati (LazerLab, Northeastern University...

April 1, 2014

Another month, another set of predictions...

costa rica - incumbent party lose - 70.0%
guinea bissau - incumbent party win - 79.1%
macedonia - incumbent party win - 97.3%
afghanistan - incumbent party win - 55.9%

March 24, 2014

In my posts over the last few weeks, I have focused on the "massive passive" data collections that occur through the observation of behavior on platforms that happen to record those behaviors, such as Google, Twitter, etc. There is another...

March 15, 2014

One of the challenges in translating searches for health related information into frequency information (such as Google Flu Trends attempts) is that we don't know why a particular person is searching for that information. If I search for "flu...

Research Tracks Highlights

Interest in deliberative theories of democracy has grown tremendously among political theorists, political scientists, activists, and even government officials. Many scholars, however, are skeptical that it is a practically viable theory, even on its own terms.

Social media, such as blogs, are often seen as democratic entities that allow more voices to be heard than the conventional mass or elite media. Some also feel that social media exhibits a balancing force against the arguably slanted elite media.

We analyze a little-studied regulatory approach that we call management-based regulation.

We live life in the network. We check our e-mails regularly, make mobile phone calls from almost any location, swipe transit cards to use public transportation, and make purchases with credit cards.

Whether as team members brainstorming or cultures experimenting with new technologies, problem solvers communicate and share ideas. This paper examines how the structure of communication networks among actors can affect system-level performance.

How do attitudes and social affiliations coevolve? A long stream of research has focused on the relationship between attitudes and social affiliations.

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