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Small Worlds, Big Data: A look at Social Network Analysis

  • 04 Mar 2014
  • 18:00
  • FB Rice

Seminar with Dr. Rob Nicholls


Social Network Analysis (SNA) can provide insights into the interaction between people and organisations that are not readily apparent from a macro level. The same analytical tools can be used to make sense of big data for the purpose of identifying individual preferences and, with complex adaptive systems tools, can identify emergent phenomena. This presentation will provide an insight into the use of SNA tools and the effects of complexity in “small worlds” and big data. It will demonstrate some of the privacy issues which arise (and those that do not) in the analysis of large datasets of connected entities.

Dr Rob Nicholls (r.nicholls@unsw.edu.au is a researcher at UNSW Law investigating systemic risks in the structure and regulation of a part of the finance sector. His research applies system and network analysis techniques, commonly used in networked industries, to examine error amplification in superannuation. Rob is the Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator in a regime established to deal with wholesale disputes arising over both legacy services and migration to the NBN. Rob also lectures in international relations at UNSW. He has had a thirty-year career concentrating on regulations and governance, particularly in networked industries. He has worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and Gilbert + Tobin.

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