Within academia, a researcher’s citations record can sway faculty hiring decisions, grant awards, and departmental performance reviews. As a result, correctly computing these citation records is important. Often a simple search for an individual’s name on Google scholar is used in place of a more careful assessment. The result can be a very inaccurate citation […]
Three minutes flies by pretty quickly – particularly when you’re trying to capture the essence of your research in that amount of time. This is exactly the format used by Soup and Science, an event here at McGill where professors have exactly three minutes to give an overview of their research to a group of […]
When businesses interact – whether through mergers, partnerships, acquisitions, or law suits – they change the competitive landscape within a market, alter how goods and services are provided, and redistribute economic and financial power and risk. As a result, when businesses interact, they change the economy. As financial booms and busts have demonstrated, changes in […]
Transcriptional networks – webs of interactions among genes and gene products in an organism’s genome – regulate a wide array of cellular behaviors including cell growth, death, and movement. For this reason, biologists seek a better understanding of them in the hope of being able to repair transcriptional networks (TNs) involved in disease, characterize the […]
Conducting experiments on cancer cells to see how they respond to various drugs is expensive and time-consuming. The drugs used in experiments can cost hundreds of dollars per gram, and getting just the right experimental setup in which your cell culture doesn’t die outright can be a long process. For these and other reasons, being […]
A botnet is a geographically distributed group of computers, individually called zombies, that mindlessly perform instructions provided by a single computer called the command-control. In the past, botnets have been leveraged with great success by spammers: the command-control instructs thousands of zombies to send hundreds of emails to random email addresses, resulting in a deluge […]
The Network Dynamics Lab is run by Professor Derek Ruths and is part of the McGill University School of Computer Science. We consist of one professor, a band of graduate students, and a cohort of undergrads - but more importantly we're curious people who enjoy writing code, playing with UNIX, and seeing what social media can tell us about the human condition. In our research we seek to develop new ways of measuring and modeling large-scale human behavior including online social platforms, NYT bestsellers, human communities, political parties, and ancient civilizations.
For more about our work and activities, visit our PI's homepage.
Recent News and Posts
- NDL Director Derek Ruths Published in Science Journal
- Post-Doc Opening!
- Facebook Messenger Analytics – Part 1: Data Collection
- Code-switching in Twitter #wow #TrèsIntéressant
- Parsing Reddit – PRAW to the Rescue
- Anatomy of a Tweet
- ICWSM data sharing goes live!
- Conducting network analysis without a cluster
- Tweets pay tribute to the New iPad
We're always looking for enthusiastic, talented undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.
Our work requires proficiency in UNIX, programming (python is preferred!), and data analysis. Most importantly, though, we want self-motivated, critical thinkers who would jump at the chance to spend the odd weekend trudging through gigabytes of data to find the answer they're in search of.
If this sounds like you, send Professor Ruths an email. In addition to the usual details, describe a really hard problem you solved and how you did it. Extra points if it involves social informatics.