Yang Yang

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Demographics are widely used in marketing to characterize different types of customers. However, in practice, demographic information such as age, gender, and location is usually unavailable due to privacy and other reasons. In this paper, we aim to harness the power of big data to automatically infer users' demographics based on their daily mobile(More)
—Link prediction is an important task in network analysis, benefiting researchers and organizations in a variety of fields. Many networks in the real world, for example social networks, are heterogeneous, having multiple types of links and complex dependency structures. Link prediction in such networks must model the influence propagating between(More)
Collaboration is an integral element of the scientific process that often leads to findings with significant impact. While extensive efforts have been devoted to quantifying and predicting research impact, the question of how collaborative behavior influences scientific impact remains unaddressed. In this work, we study the interplay between scientists'(More)
—Community detection or cluster detection in networks is a well-studied, albeit hard, problem. Given the scale and complexity of modern day social networks, detecting " reasonable " communities is an even harder problem. Since the first use of k-means algorithm in 1960s, many community detection algorithms have been invented-most of which are developed with(More)
The understanding of how humans move is a longstanding challenge in the natural science. An important question is, to what degree is human behavior predictable? The ability to foresee the mobility of humans is crucial from predicting the spread of human to urban planning. Previous research has focused on predicting individual mobility behavior, such as the(More)
Disentangling the mechanisms underlying the social network evolution is one of social science's unsolved puzzles. Preferential attachment is a powerful mechanism explaining social network dynamics, yet not able to explain all scaling-laws in social networks. Recent advances in understanding social network dynamics demonstrate that several scaling-laws in(More)
—We investigate how people and objects that they create (artifacts) gain prominence in collaborative networks. As an example, consider academic research communities where people and their artifacts (research papers) both have prominence. But, these prominence values are linked to each other and evolve together. In particular, for an author to make an impact(More)
An underlying assumption of biomedical informatics is that decisions can be more informed when professionals are assisted by analytical systems. For this purpose, we propose ALIVE, a multi-relational link prediction and visualization environment for the healthcare domain. ALIVE combines novel link prediction methods with a simple user interface and(More)
The existence of gender differences in the structure and composition of social networks is a well established finding in the social and behavioral sciences, but researchers continue to debate whether structural, dispositional, or life course factors are the primary driver of these differences. In this paper we extend work on gender differences in social(More)
What drives the propensity for the social network dynamics? Social influence is believed to drive both off-line and on-line human behavior, however it has not been considered as a driver of social network evolution. Our analysis suggest that, while the network structure affects the spread of influence in social networks, the network is in turn shaped by(More)