|1||1/10||Course overview; Introduction to graph theory||Ch. 1, 2.1-2.3||Visit Canvas, request blog account|
|1/12||Strong and weak ties||Ch. 3.1-3.3||PS1 Out|
|2||1/17||Homophily, Affiliation; Friendship paradox||Ch. 4.1-4.3, Friendship paradox|
|1/19||Structural Balance||Ch. 5.1-5.4||PS1 Due, PS2 Out|
|3||1/24||Game Theory||Ch. 6.1-6.9|
|1/26||Congestion, Auctions||Ch. 8.1-8.2, 9.1-9.2|
|4||1/31||Matching Markets||Ch 9.3-9.6, 10.1-10.4|
|2/2||Bargaining & Power||Ch. 12.1-12.3, 12.5-12.8||PS2 Due, PS3 Out|
|5||2/7||The Web as a Network||Ch 13.1-13.5|
|2/9||Link Analysis||Ch. 14.1-14.3|
|6||2/14||Web Search||Ch. 14.4-14.5|
|2/16||Sponsored Search as a Market||Ch 15.1-15.5||PS3 Due, PS4 Out|
|7||2/21||Information Cascades||Ch. 16.1-16.7|
|2/23||Network Effects, Cascading Behavior||Ch. 17.1-17.3, 19.1-19.4|
|3/2||Small Worlds||Ch. 20.1-20.6, FB calculator||PS4 Due, PS5 Out|
|9||3/7||Guest Lecture: Sean Taylor, Facebook Data Science|
|3/9||Epidemics||Ch 21.1-21.4, 21.6|
|3/16||Review practice exam||PS5 Due, 10:30am|
All students will be required to write three short blog posts during the quarter, posted
to a course blog and taking the form of a miniature reaction paper.
Each post should be centered around an recent news article, academic paper, online essay, new company or organization, and contain at least one web link on that subject. The goal is to provide commentary that gives context around the subject, targeted at your peers in the course (or similarly informed outsiders). Why do you think it interesting or relevant? The post should be at least two paragraphs.
One of the purposes of these writing assignments is to practice communicating your thoughts in a public forum (albeit anonymously, see the privacy discussion below). Your audience is each other, not just the course staff. Engage each other! Posts that dialogue with earlier posts from the course are encouraged, though should add significantly to the previous points made (in part by referencing a new news article/paper/essay).
You should keep in mind, as you write your posts, that if you refer to a company, organization,
or research project in the outside world, the people you’re talking about may well end up reading what you write. Finally, adding inappropriate, rude, or disruptive content to the blog will result in a 0 for this part of the course grade, and (depending on the nature of the content) potentially stronger
actions. Plagiarism is also not acceptable; the Honor Code applies.
Posts will be graded based on their relevance to the class, novelty, and quality of the insights and writing. Outstanding posts will be mentioned and discussed in lectures. You are encouraged but not required to read the posts by your classmates.
Account creation and privacy:
Please see Canvas for instructions on how to create a blog account pseudonym. No student will be required to make their true identity public as part of these assignments.
The course staff will keep a private record of the user names and the corresponding real names for purposes of grading. Nothing prevents you from including your real names in the text of a post, if you choose to do so, but please do not mention other students by name as a blanket policy. You are free to mention the instructor or TAs (e.g.: "Professor Ugander mentioned on Thursday that...").
If you join the class late, please email the TA to obtain an account.
Scheduling: To space out the post traffic, students are assigned "deadline weeks" based on the first letter of their last name. You are responsible for submitting a blog post before Friday 5pm of the weeks you are assigned. If your name is Ada Lovelace, you would be required to submit your first blog post by January 27th, your second blog post by February 17th, and your third by March 10th. You may of course submit your blog posts before the week they are due.
|First letter of last name||Weeks||Deadlines|
|A-K||2, 5, 8||January 20, February 10, March 3|
|L-N||3, 6, 9||January 27, February 17, March 10|
|O-Z||4, 7, 10||February 3, February 24, March 17|
Feel free to browse the
Spring 2016 course blog for inspiration, though the central stories for your commentaries should not come from this blog or any other similar course blog.