Reading Group: Social and Economic Networks


We meet weekly to discuss the emerging science behind the social and economic networks. Humans, financial institutions, and companies interact with each other through an elaborate mesh of relationships. These entities’ (or agents’) behavior is influenced by their relationships, while their relationships might form due to their behavior. We are interested to understand and address questions arising from interplay between networks and agent behaviour: How does network structure impact agents’ behavior and actions? How and why do networks form? Why do networks exhibit specific patterns? How does information diffuse or leaning occur in networks?


Our meetings welcome all faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates at the University of Waterloo. Over Fall 2016, we studied Social and Economic Networks by Matthew Jackson (the book cover is presented on right). We are currently studying some recent papers on this topic. The timeline and reading schedule is presented below with the schedule updated as needed. Our meetings are held at the Artificial Intelligence lab located in DC 2306C, Wednesday 9:30am--11am. If you are interested, please sign up to our mailing list.

Social and Economic Networks by Matthew O. Jackson

Winter 2017

Date Readings Discussion Lead
January 11, 2017 Fair Division via Social Comparison Vijay Menon
January 18, 2017 Disinformation on the Web: Impact, Characteristics, and Detection of Wikipedia Hoaxes Josh Jung
January 25, 2017 Social Networks Under Stress Valerie Platsko
February 2, 2017 Learning and Forecasting Opinion Dynamics in Social Networks Ben Armstrong
February 8, 2017 Automatic versus Human Navigation in Information Networks Bahar Sarrafzadeh
March 1, 2017 Resilient cooperators stabilize long-run cooperation in the finitely repeated Prisoner Dilemma Alan Tsang
March 8, 2017 A Game Theoretic Model for the Formation of Navigable Small-World Networks Adam Schunk

Fall 2016

Date Readings Discussion Lead Comments
September 28, 2016 Ch. 1 and Ch. 2.2.2--2.2.4 Amirali Salehi-Abari --
October 5, 2016 Ch. 3 Alan Tsang --
October 12, 2016 Ch. 4.1--Ch. 4.2.2 Vijay Menon --
October 19, 2016 Ch. 4.2.3--Ch 4.4 Majid Karimi Slides
October 26, 2016 Ch. 5.1--Ch. 5.3 Majid Karimi Slides
November 2, 2016 Ch. 5.4--Ch. 6.2 Valerie Platsko Slides
November 9, 2016 Ch. 6.4--Ch. 6.7 Kate Larson --
November 16, 2016 Ch. 7.1--Ch. 7.2 Ben Armstrong, Jonathan Perrie Slides
November 23, 2016 Ch. 7.3--Ch. 7.4 Bahar Sarrafzadeh, Fahimeh Rahimi --
November 30, 2016 Ch 8.1--Ch. 8.3.3 Josh Jung --
December 7, 2016 Ch. 8.3.4--8.4 Amirali Salehi-Abari --