CS4195 Modeling and data analysis in complex networks

Topics: Analyze, model, interpret and predict Networked Data (e.g. social media, the brain)

Big Data is mostly obtained from features of components and the interactions between components in large complex systems. Examples are (1) end user features and interactions in both online and real-world social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn; (2) data from content sharing platforms such as YouTube; (3) physiological data of the brain; and (4) stock prices etc. in economic systems. Such a dataset is networked in nature i.e. the data of the system components or interactions are (cor)related to each other. 

This course introduces the basic methodologies to analyze, model, interpret and predict such Networked Data that enable us to further intervene or optimise the system, combining advances from network science, modeling of dynamic processes and statistical physics, beyond machine learning algorithms. These methods will be applied to diverse real-world datasets obtained from e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, the brain etc. 

Study Goals

After this course, students could construct a network based on the dataset, characterize and model the network in order to e.g. detect patterns and anomalies, model the data via dynamic processes (e.g. viral spreading) on networks to decode the underlying governing mechanisms of e.g. information/error/behavior contagion and to predict e.g. the popularity of a product, news, disease, computer virus, control the contagion process such as maximize the information prevalence and market share.


dr.ir. Huijuan Wang (NAS)

Characterization of large complex networks; Network structure design; Bio-inspired Networking

Last modified: 2023-11-02


Credits: 5 EC
Period: 0/0/2/0
Contact: Huijuan Wang