Introduction to statistical network analysis

Speaker: Michael Fop (School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin)

  • Date: from 08 May 2023 to 12 May 2023

  • Event location: aula N Belmeloro e lab G Ranzani

Nowadays, large amounts of data describe how entities interact with each other. For example, these data may represent friendship relations, co-working interactions between colleagues, financial transfers between banking institutions, or functional connectivity between different areas of the brain. Network data are the mathematical tools that are most frequently used to represent and store these interactions. Researchers are often interested in modeling such network data, with purposes including the understanding of how interactions are created, the identification of what factors make two units more likely to interact, and the detection and description of some features of interest.
Statistical network analysis encompasses methods that account for the complex dependencies found in network data, with the goal of data modeling and description, dimensionality reduction, and identification of interesting patterns. This short course aims at giving an introduction to some of the main methods for the analysis of network data, with particular focus in model-based data analysis.

Tentative content below:

1. Network data
2. Introduction to graph theory
3. Models for random graphs
4. Clustering and block models
5. Latent space models
6. Other topics

Hands on tutorials using the statistical software R will be used to present the methods and showcase their application to real-world data (it is recommended that packages “igraph”, “igraphdata”, “networkdata”, “blockmodels”, “latentnet”, “huge”, and “covglasso” are installed). 

- Kolaczyk , Csárdi (2020) - Statistical Analysis of Network Data with R
- Salter-Townshend et al (2012) - Review of statistical network analysis: models, algorithms, and software. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

Course schedule:

  • Monday, 8th May, 11am-1pm,  and 2pm-4-pm, aula N Belmeloro
  • Friday, 12th May, 9-11am, lab G Ranzani

The course is reserved to the students of the international Master programmes (Statistical Sciences, Statistics, Economics and Business - Business Analytics, Quantitative Finance, Greening Energy Market Finance) and of the PhD programme in Statistics.

Participation is free of charge, but registration (by filling this form - deadline:  April 30th 2023) is mandatory.

People not eligible to attend but still interested in the course can e-mail