• Carmen Lok
  • November 30, 1 PM
  • 2866 East Hall

Network models are an extremely important category of mathematical program that have numerous practical applications. Part of their appeal is the direct and intuitive mapping between the real world, the network diagram, and the underlying solution algorithms. In particular, social and economic networks have been extensively documented in empirical work to better understanding the network formation.

This talk will focus on an introduction to network analysis and graph theory, with a mild touch in particular on the network formation based on the notion that social networks are formed by individual decisions that trade off the costs of forming and maintaining links against the potential rewards from doing so. In order not to confuse you, much focus in this talk will be on the mathematical notations and specific terms in network models, therefore no prior knowledge of network analysis or graph theory is required.