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Uncovering Hidden Social Information

For our March Meetup, we are very pleased to have Prof. Jennifer Golbeck from the University of Maryland talking about her research in the field of social media and social network analysis. Public information on social network sites can be very informative about individuals' interests and about group communication and influence. Building computational and statistical models of these processes is a rapidly advancing field, and any data scientist will want to learn how to think about and work with this sort of data.

NOTE: We are holding this event at a new venue -- the Microsoft offices in Chevy Chase/Friendship Heights. We realize that this will make it much easier for some of you to attend than our usual downtown location, and much harder for others. In general, expect DSDC events to be downtown most of the time, and Metro-accessible all of the time.

Agenda:

  • 6:30pm -- Networking and Refreshments
  • 7:00pm -- Introduction
  • 7:15pm -- Presentation and discussion
  • 8:30pm -- Post presentation conversations
  • 8:45pm -- Adjourn for Data Drinks (Clyde's, 5441 Wisconsin Ave.)

Presentation:

Uncovering Hidden Social Information: Inferring User Traits and Relationships Online

People share a lot of information about themselves in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. However, through all that sharing, additional hidden information is embedded. In this talk, I will discuss several studies we have run that infer information about users and their relationships online, including predictions of users' personality traits, their political preferences, and the trust they have in one another. I will discuss the results of these studies, the methodologies used, and how our techniques can be applied to similar
problems.

Bio:

Jennifer Golbeck is Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media. This includes building models of social relationships, particularly trust, as well as user preferences and attributes, and using the results to design and build systems that improve the way people interact with information online.

She is a Research Fellow of the Web Science Research Initiative and in 2006, she was selected as one of IEEE Intelligent Systems' Top Ten to Watch, a list of their top young AI researchers. She has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her new book, Analyzing the Social Web, was published on March 26th. You should definitely buy a copy.

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  • Janet D.

    Professor Jennifer Golbeck will be teaching an online course, "Social Network Analysis " at Statistics.com on 8/16 - 9/13/13. More details:
    http://www.statistics.com/sna/

    June 10, 2013

  • Kipper F.

    Is there any chance those of us who missed out could get the slides from the presentation?

    April 3, 2013

    • Harlan H.

      Slides and a review and the audio will be available at some point in the future -- we'll post here when it's available!

      1 · April 3, 2013

    • Kipper F.

      Awesome!

      April 3, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      Thanks for the tip about the "Big Data for Dummies" book. You can also get this at Amazon, along with free big data books from O'Reilly Strata http://www.amazon.com...­

      April 2, 2013

  • Doug_S

    The waiting list situation is a variant of the famous "El Farol Problem" from social science. If everyone on the waiting list just goes ahead and shows up, people would be turned away and we'd run out of food -- bad scene. If nobody takes the chance, there will probably be some empty seats. And I hate to create a situation in which fortune favors those who charge ahead over those who respect the rules. Maybe this problem should be posed as a challenge, with the winner to present at a future session. (Again, I'm not speaking for the organization here. ;-) )

    April 1, 2013

  • Doug_S

    Excellent presentation, good turnout, nice venue.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyway to get the presentation..just from comments I feel I missed a good session.. I was out of town:(

    April 1, 2013

  • Francesco C.

    Super presentation, thank you for organizing, and thank Microsoft for the nice venue (hey, the reboot of the room was nice too... old Windows style) :)

    March 31, 2013

  • Doug_S

    Really good presentation, one of the best I've heard here. Nice venue, too.

    March 29, 2013

  • Jerome Y.

    Excellent, made me want to read her papers.

    March 29, 2013

  • Mark Stephen L.

    Revealing, Informative and Entertaining. A delightful presentation!

    March 29, 2013

  • Tony F.

    mmm... I'm a bit worried about what this comment is going to reveal about me through the lens of Dr. Goldberg algorithm... Great presentation yesterday. Definitely one of the best meet-up I've been to in the past 6 months. Thanks Dr. Golberg & Data science DC organizers!

    March 29, 2013

  • Abdul

    Excellent presentation. Thank you Dr. Golbeck and thank you DSDC.

    March 29, 2013

  • freddie s.

    Such quality and depth of presentation makes Meet-ups worth the "extra commute" after a long work day! Thanks to "Dr. G" and to the DSDC organizers for not disappointing!

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Gloria

    Interesting!

    March 29, 2013

  • Abhijit

    Really nice meetup tonight.

    March 28, 2013

  • Jerome Y.

    Made me want to read her book to understand the terminology and then dig into some of the papers on her web site. Excellent presentation.

    March 28, 2013

  • Ramesh C.

    Great. Like the presentation, the people , the venue and the food

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will there be a video????

    March 28, 2013

  • Colleen C.

    Can't make it.

    March 28, 2013

  • C. S.

    Love to go, but my flight back is delayed

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not feeling well...sorry!

    March 28, 2013

  • Stephan

    I'm sorry I have to attend to other items. I hope others can attend from the waiting list. Will be at the next one.

    March 28, 2013

  • Greg B.

    Sorry but there is a family emergency. Enjoy.

    March 27, 2013

  • Marcelo R.

    I'm a student of Dr. Golbeck. This should be a worthwhile meetup :-)

    March 27, 2013

  • Clay M.

    Hate that I cant make this.

    March 27, 2013

  • Marck V.

    Out of town :(

    March 26, 2013

  • jinlian w.

    1

    March 25, 2013

  • David M.

    Conflict

    March 25, 2013

  • Russell Vane I.

    Sorry, friend coming home from hospital, best wishes!

    March 23, 2013

  • David W.

    I am David. Currently on the waitlist... I hope I could get to see everyone.

    March 22, 2013

  • Dominick

    Looking forward.

    March 19, 2013

  • Mark D.

    Unfortunately have anotherh commitment.

    March 18, 2013

  • Frank S.

    Sounds great! For those interested in this topic, we're also doing big data tools on 3/21 at the ASC and "Levering Internet Data" at UMD on 4/19. More at ibm.com/ascdc

    March 18, 2013

  • Daniel H.

    Looking forward to connecting with others that have a passion for surfacing the value of Big Data

    March 12, 2013

  • Russell Vane I.

    Thanks!

    March 3, 2013

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