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August 05, 2010

Workshop: Research and Analysis of Tail Phenomenon Symposium (RATS)

If you're in the Bay area next week and interested in power laws, "long tails" and other kinds of heavy-tailed distributions, this one-day event at Yahoo! Research might be interesting. I'll be giving a presentation about my own work on power-law distributions in empirical data, which looks like it will be the least interesting of the scheduled talks.

Research and Analysis of Tail Phenomenon Symposium

Date & Location: 20th August 2010, Sunnyvale, CA

Organizers: Ravi Kumar, Andrei Broder and Anirban Dasgupta

Description: The last decade has witnessed the emergence of enormous scale artifacts resulting from the independent action of hundreds of millions of people; for example, web repositories, social networks, mobile communication patterns, and consumption in "limitless" stores. The stochastic analyses of these processes often reveals heavy-tailed distributions and their understanding has become a common challenge for a plethora of scientists: statisticians, physicists, sociologists, economists, computer scientists, etc. It is time for all of us to get together! To this end we invite you to participate in the first Research and Analysis of Tail phenomena Symposium (RATS) that will explore the different computational, statistical, and modeling problems related to tail phenomena. The symposium will consist of a series of longer invited talks by experts in the field, and a number of shorter contributed presentations. We are particularly encouraging summer interns in any of the Bay Area research centers to join us in the event.

Invited Speakers: Chris Anderson (Wired), Michael Mitzenmacher (Harvard), Aaron Clauset (Univ. of Colorado), Neel Sundersan (eBay), Sharad Goel (Yahoo! Research, NY) and Michael Schwarz (Yahoo! Research, CA).

Update 21 Aug 2010: Michael has a nice and short summary of the workshop up on his blog.

Update 25 Aug 2010: Ravi tells me that they've posted the slides for all the talks on the RATS website.

posted August 5, 2010 08:58 AM in Conferences and Workshops | permalink


Interesting workshop I might say. I'm just wondering why did you have an eBay guy as one of the speakers?

Posted by: Eruwan Gerry at August 20, 2010 11:22 PM