Institute of Mathematics

Talk

Modul:   STA671  Kolloquium über anwendungsorientierte Statistik

Network science as the dual of statistics

Prof. Dr. Ulrik Brandes talk

Date: 05.04.19  Time: 15.15 - 16.00  Room: ETH HG G 19.1

If statistics is concerned with the collection, management, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data, then so is network science. The distinction lies neither in a universal network theory nor the complex systems of certain application domains but (i) an incidence structure relating the units of observation and (ii) a corresponding focus on dependencies among observations. While not mainstream, this view clears away some of the smoke and mirrors obscuring the close relationship between statistics and network science. Following this rather principled line of thought, I will introduce the positional approach to network analysis as a means to capitalize on it.