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DATA5441: Networks and High-dimensional Inference

2024 unit information

In our interconnected world, networks are an increasingly important representation of datasets and systems. This unit will investigate how this network approach to problems can be pursued through the combination of mathematical models and datasets. You will learn different mathematical models of networks and understand how these models explain non-intuitive phenomena, such as the small world phenomenon (short paths between nodes despite clustering), the friendship paradox (our friends typically have more friends than we have), and the sudden appearance of epidemic-like processes spreading through networks. You will learn computational techniques needed to infer information about the mathematical models from data and, finally, you will learn how to combine mathematical models, computational techniques, and real-world data to draw conclusions about problems. More generally, network data is a paradigm for high-dimensional interdependent data, the typical problem in data science. By doing this unit you will develop computational and mathematical skills of wide applicability in studies of networks, data science, complex systems, and statistical physics.

Unit details and rules

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Code DATA5441 Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations 6
 Prerequisites: ? None None None Linear algebra (matrices, eigenvalues, etc.); introductory concepts in statistics (statistical models, inference); a programming language

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

• LO1. provide solutions to problems through the application of abstract mathematical theory and computational methods.
• LO2. transmit information and skills to others through collaborative computing projects.
• LO3. summarize, interpret, and differentiate mathematical and computational models in network science.
• LO4. evaluate critically the applicability of mathematical models to a given network data.
• LO5. create new computational and mathematical models for networks.
• LO6. develop new strategies to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
• LO7. synthetise and apply mathematical and computational models to problems and data in new contexts.

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Session MoA   Location Outline
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA   Location Outline
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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