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Game of Thrones: Prediction 2.0

September 25, 2017

The 7th season of Game of Thrones, which brought much unexpected news and started countless debates – and naturally killed some important characters – is over. So here is the first chance to validate my previous prediction on who would possibly die in the show.

The International Network of Weapon Trade

September 1, 2017

Which countries are buying and selling the most weapons? How does the global weapon trade network look like and how has it changed over time? Network visualizations of the international arms trade flows can go a long way to answering these questions.

The data for this project comes from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfer Database, which documents all international transfers of major conventional arms since 1950. It is the most comprehensive publicly available source of information on international arms transfers.

Network Science Predicts Who Dies Next in Game of Thrones

July 8, 2017

The new season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us and fans are excited about what it may bring. I am probably not alone in wondering which of my favourite characters are going to meet their ends, and which will live on to the next season. So I decided to come up with a ranking for the characters based on how likely it is they will die - using the tools of network science.

Network Structure and Logic Determines the Dynamic Repertoire of Biological Networks

June 28, 2017

Réka Albert’s group at Penn State is collaborating with wet-bench biologists to develop and validate predictive models of various biological systems, from the molecular to the ecological level. Over the years they found that discrete dynamic modeling (e.g. Boolean modeling) is very useful in molding qualitative interaction information into a predictive model. The dynamic attractors of these models can be directly related to the real system’s phenotypes and behaviors.

How To Find Key Opinion Leaders: The #IstandwithCEU Campaign

June 19, 2017

Following our previous analysis, we studied the prevalence of the #IstandwithCEU campaign on Twitter. This includes the examination of 54k tweets made by 15k users over two months with a total social reach of 180M. This project was carried out as a final project for the Science of Success class of Prof. Albert-László Barabási.