2013-14: CMSS: Opening Workshop: August 18-22, 2013

Workshop Information

August 18, 2013 - 8:00am - August 22, 2013 - 5:00pm

LOCATION: Radisson Hotel RTP (August 18-21) AND SAMSI (August 22)

The SAMSI program on Computational Methods in Social Sciences is built around three major themes: Social Networks; Agent-Based Modeling; and Statistical Methodology for Censuses and Surveys. The purpose of the Opening Workshop was threefold: (a) to provide a series of tutorial lectures aiming to introduce the major research themes in the field to graduate students and other newcomers to the topic; (b) a series of focused research sessions highlighting current developments, (c) the formation and initial meetings of Working Groups which will meet weekly through the year of the program.

Sunday, August 18, featured five tutorial lectures by leading participants in the field. Topics covered the three main areas of the program and the related mathematical and statistical methodology.

From Monday, August 19, through lunch on Wednesday, August 21, there were five research sessions, each consisting of two or three talks followed by discussion.

Wednesday afternoon, August 21, was devoted to the formation and initial meetings of working groups.

Thursday, August 22, was devoted to initial meetings of the working groups at SAMSI. 



Sunday, August 18, 2013
Radisson RTP, Room H

8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Introduction and Welcome - Richard L. Smith, Director of SAMSI
  Tutorial Lecture 1
9:00-10:00 Adrian Raftery, University of Washington
Statistical Demography: Probabilistic Population Reconstruction and Projection
10:00-10:30 Break
  Tutorial Lecture 2
10:30-11:30 Krista Gile, University of Massachusetts, Amhert
Proceeds of the Partnership: Statistics and Social Science
  Tutorial Lecture 3
11:30-12:30 Simon Jackman, Stanford University
Data and Computation in Political Science: The State of the Discipline and Emerging Trends
12:30-2:00 Lunch
  Tutorial Lecture 4
2:00-3:00 Roderick Little, University of Michigan
The Analysis of Census and Survey Data: History, Current Approaches, and Research Topics
3:00-3:30 Break
  Tutorial Lecture 5
3:30-4:30 Sara Del Valle, LANL
Agent-based Modeling Approaches for Simulating Infectious Diseases
4:30-5:00 Discussion and wrap-up

Monday, August 19, 2013
Radisson RTP, Room H

8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Introduction and Welcome
9:00-12:30 Research Session 1: Networks
Organizer: Krista Gile, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
9:00-9:45 Edo Airoldi, Harvard
Design and Analysis of Experiments in the Presence of Network Interference
9:45-10:30 Mark Handcock, UCLA
Exponential-Family Random Network Models for Social Networks
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Tom Carsey, University of Chapel Hill
Networking Network Scholars: Generating Best Practices for Archiving Network Data
11:45-12:30 Discussants: David Banks, Duke; Justin Gross, UNC; Peter Mucha, UNC
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:30 Research Session 2: Modern Computational Methods for the Analysis of Survey and Census Data
Organizer: Jerry Reiter, Duke University
2:00-2:45 Stephen Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University
Record Linkage as a Statistical Procedure: Some History, Formal Frameworks, Applications, and Challenges
2:45-3:30 David Dunson, Duke University
Bayesian Methods for Huge Multiway Tables
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-4:45 Jay Breidt, Colorado State University
Model-Assisted Survey Regression Estimation with the Lasso
4:45-5:30 Discussants: Frauke Kreuter, University of Maryland
Tom Louis, Johns Hopkins University
5:30-7:30 Poster Session and Reception

All participants in the workshop are encouraged to present a poster.

SAMSI will provide poster presentation boards and tape. The board dimensions are 4 ft. wide by 3 ft. high. They are tri-fold with each side being 1 ft. wide and the center 2 ft. wide. Please make sure your poster fits the board. The boards can accommodate up to 16 pages of paper measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Radisson RTP, Room H

8:00-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00-12:30 Research Session 3: Agent-Based Models
Organizers: David Banks, Duke University; Sara Del Valle, LANL
9:00-9:45 Georgiy Bobashev, RTI International
Computational Ethnography and Agent-based Modeling
9:45-10:30 Ben Klemens, US Census Bureau
A Simulation of Nonresponse and Imputation
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University
Networks and Agents: The Value of a Multi-Level Approach to Agent-Based Dynamic- Network Modeling
11:45-12:30 Discussant: Kristian Lum, Virginia Institute of Technology
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:30 Research Session 4: Weighting
Organizer: Joseph Sedransk, Case Western Reserve University
2:00-2:45 Roderick Little, University of Michigan
Weighting Methods in Surveys
2:45-3:30 Mary Thompson, University of Waterloo
The Use of Weights in Analysis of Survey Data
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-4:45 Keith Rust, Westat
Survey Weights for the Analysis of Complex Survey Data
4:45-5:30 Discussant: Joseph Sedransk, Case Western Reserve University

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Radisson RTP, Room H

8:00-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00-12:30 Research Session 5: Causal Inference
Organizer: Tian Zheng, Columbia University
9:00-9:45 Michael Sobel, Columbia University
Causal Inference for fMRI Time Series Data with Systematic Errors of Measurement in a Balanced On/Off Study of Social Evaluative Threat
9:45-10:30 James O'Malley, Dartmouth
Causal Estimation of Peer Effects Using Instrumental Variables
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Elizabeth "Betsy" Ogburn, Johns Hopkins University
Causal Inference for Interference and Social Networks: Challenges and Tools
11:45-12:30 Discussant: Fan Li, Duke University
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5:00 Working Group Formation and Initial Meetings

Thursday, August 22, 2013

9:00-12:00 Working Group Meetings
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 Continuation of Working Group Meetings