Data, Society and Inference Seminar

This cross-disciplinary seminar series at Stanford University will feature speakers tackling social science questions with big data and cutting-edge computation, data analysis, and inference techniques. Seminars are videotaped and shared via the web.

Time: Mondays, 1:10pm – 2:30pm (light lunch served at 12:45pm)

Organizers: Guido Imbens, Professor of Economics at GSB and by courtesy, of Economics; Simon Jackman, Professor of Political Science, and by courtesy, of Statistics; Susan Athey, Professor of Economics at GSB, Senior Fellow at SIEPR, and by courtesy, of Economics; and Mohsen Bayati, Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Technology in the Graduate School of Business and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering.

Sponsored by the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) and by the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

Faculty and graduate students may contact IRiSS-info@stanford.edu about participating.

To view previous schedules, scroll down.

 


THE WINTER 2014-15 SCHEDULE:

 Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Talk title: Machine Learning and Social Science

March 2, 2015 in Rm. G101 – Gunn Building, Graduate School of Business


THE FALL 2014-15 SCHEDULE:

  •  Michael I. Jordan, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley

       "On the Computational and Statistical Interface and "Big Data""

(Video)

   November 17, 2014 in Rm. M109 – McClelland Building, Graduate School of Business

 

  • ​ Adrian RafteryProfessor of Statistics and Sociology at University of Washington

             "Probabilistic population projections for all countries"

    November 3, 2014 in Rm. M109 – McClelland Building, Graduate School of Business

 

  •  Jennifer Neville, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at Purdue University

             "Predicting user behavior in social networks: The impact of structure on machine learning methods"

         (Video)

    October 20, 2014 in Rm. M109 – McClelland Building, Graduate School of Business

 

  •  Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Social and Natural Science and Director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University

             "Social Network Interventions"

          (Video)     (Slides)

    September 29, 2014 in Rm. G101 – Gunn Building, Graduate School of Business

 

THE SPRING 2013-14 SCHEDULE:

  •   Cynthia Rudin, Associate Professor of  Statistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

            "Methods for Interpretable Machine Learning"

          (Video)     (Slides)

          May 05, 2014 in Room M109 in the McClelland Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 
  • Thomas Richardson, Professor of Statistics and Director of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, University of Washington

         "Unifying the Counterfactual and Graphical Approaches to Causality via Single Word Intervention Graphs (SWIGs)"

         (Video)     (Slides)

          May 19, 2014 in Room M109 in the McClelland Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 


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THE WINTER 2013-14 SCHEDULE features:

 

  •   Matthew Taddy, Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics at The University of Chicago

        "Counting Words in Social Science"

       (Video)   (Slides)

​        February 10, 2014 in Room M104 in the McClelland Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 

  •  David Blei, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University

        "Probabilistic Topic Models of Text and Users"

       (Video)   (Slides)

​        February 24, 2014 in Room M104 in the McClelland Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 

  •   Charles Manski, Professor of Economics at Northwestern University

        "Useful Variation in Clinical Practice under Uncertainty: Diversification and Learning"

      (Video)    (Slides)

​        March 10, 2014 in Room M104 in the McClelland Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 


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THE FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE features:

        "Influence and Attention on Twitter"

        (Video)   (Slides)   ( Relevant papers: "Who Says What to Whom on Twitter"    "Everyone’s an Influencer: Quantifying Influence on Twitter"  )

​        September 30, 2013 in Room P102 in the Patterson Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 

  • Simon Jackman, Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, of Statistics at Stanford University, Co-Director of the Center for American Democracy

          "Triumph of the 'Quants'?: forecasting election outcomes"

           (Video)

          October 14, 2013 in Room P102 in the Patterson Building (part of the Knight Management Center) of Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 

  • Mark van der Laan, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics at UC Berkeley and Founder, Target Analytics, Inc.

          "Targeted Learning with High Dimensional Data"

          (Video)   (Slides)

          October 28, 2013 in Room P102 in the Patterson Building (part of the Knight Management Center) at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 

  • Dean Eckles, a Social Scientist and Statistician working on the Facebook Data Science Team

         "Peer effects and global treatments: Design and analysis of experiments in networks"

          (Video)

          November 11, 2013 in Room P102 in the Patterson Building (part of the Knight Management Center) at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 

  • Thore Graepel, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, leading the Online Services and Advertising and Applied Games group

         "The Human Manifold: On the Predictability of Human Online Behaviour and its Consequences"

          December 2, 2013 in Room P102 in the Patterson Building (part of the Knight Management Center) at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

 


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THE SPRING 2012-13 SCHEDULE:

  • Steve Tadelis, Sr. Director and Distinguished Economist at eBay, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business, and Faculty Fellow at UC Berkeley

         "Consumer Heterogeneity and Paid Search Effectiveness: A Large Scale Field Experiment" 

           February 11, 2013 at Stanford in Room C106 in the Class of 1968 Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; simulcast to the UC Berkeley campus

           in Room 330 in Blum Hall

 

  • Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, Emeritus professor in the School of Information Management and Systems, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley

          "Bayesian Variable Selection for Nowcasting Economic Time Series "

           (Video)  (Slides)

           February 25, 2013 at Stanford in Room C106 in the Class of 1968 Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; simulcast to the UC Berkeley campus

           in Room 330 in Blum Hall

 

  • James M. Robins, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health at Harvard University

          "Single World Intervention Graphs (SWIGs): A Simple Unification of the Counterfactual and Graphical Approaches to Causation"

           March 4, 2013 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room C106 in the Class of 1968 Building of the Stanford Graduate            School of Business

 

  • Edo Airoldi, Associate Professor of Statistics at Harvard University

          "Statistical Methods for Experimentation and Advertising on Social Media Platforms" 

           March 18, 2013 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room C106 in the Class of 1968 Building of the Stanford

           Graduate School of Business

 

  • Judea Pearl, Professor Emeritus, and Computer Scientist in Cognitive Systems Lab at UCLA

          "The Mathematics of Causal Inference: From Alchemy to Science"

          (Video)  (Slides)

          April 1, 2013 at Stanford in Room G102 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; simulcast to the UC Berkeley campus in Room 330 in

          Blum Hall

 

  • Jon Kleinberg, Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University

          "The Interplay of Structure and Content in On-Line Social Interaction" 

           April 8, 2013 at Stanford in Room G102 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; simulcast to the UC Berkeley campus in Room 330 in

           Blum Hall

 

  • Randall Lewis, Senior Economic Research Scientist in the Knowledge group at Google

          "On the Near-Impossibility of Measuring the Returns to Advertising" with Justin M. Rao (Microsoft, Inc.)

           April 15, 2013 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room G102 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate School

           of Business

 

  • Justin Grimmer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

          "The Impression of Influence: How Legislator Communication and Government Spending Cultivate a Personal Vote"

           April 22, 2013 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room G102 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate School

           of Business

 

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THE FALL 2012-13 SCHEDULE:

          "A Structural Model of Sponsored Search Advertising Auctions"

           (Video) (Slides )  

           October 1, 2012 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room G101 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate

           School of  Business.

 

           (Video) (Slides )  

           October 8, 2012 at Stanford in Room G101 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; simulcast to the UC Berkeley campus in Room

           330 in Blum Hall.

 

  • Jure Leskovec, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University

          "Computational Perspectives on Social Phenomena: How status and reputation shape human evaluations"

           (Video) (Slides)  

           October 15, 2012 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room G102 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate

           School of Business.

 

          "Evaluating the Effect of Training on Wages in the Presence of Noncompliance, Nonemployment, and Missing Outcome Data"

           (Video)  

           October 22, 2012 at Stanford in Room G101 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; simulcast to the UC Berkeley campus in Room

           330 in Blum Hall

 

  • Gary King, Professor, Department of Government, and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University

          "How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression"

          (Video) (Slides)  

          December 3, 2012 at UC Berkeley in Room 330 in Blum Hall; simulcast to the Stanford campus in Room G102 in the Gunn Building of the Stanford Graduate

          School of Business

 


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