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Statistics Colloquium: Dr. James Livesey

U.S. Census Bureau

Friday, November 10, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On Campus : MP401

Title: Dynamic network models with global temporal dependence structure


Abstract:  In this talk a dynamic network model is presented which allows connection structure to be governed by both global network statistics (such as centrality or graph triangles) as well as co-variate data that is known a priori.  Moreover, node level classification is allowed to link to an overall network regime that influences connectivity. In practice it will often be the case that agent classifications may or may not be observed before edges are observed. In this vein, we impose structure on the classes and a latent structure on edge probabilities. This flexibility allows forecasting whether true node classifications are observed or unavailable at the time. We analyze a dynamic network that describes the co-voting patterns among U.S. Senators from 1867 to 2015. We model the co-voting tendencies of the Senators using our dynamic network where nodes represent Senators and an edges are formed between two nodes if the two Senators vote concurrently (both yay or both nay) on bills to which they were both present.