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University of Cambridge > Talks.cam > Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series > Graphons and Machine Learning: Modeling and Estimation of Sparse Massive Networks - Part I

## Graphons and Machine Learning: Modeling and Estimation of Sparse Massive Networks - Part IAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research)
- Monday 12 December 2016, 13:30-14:30
- Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact info@newton.ac.uk. SNAW04 - Dynamic Networks There are numerous examples of sparse massive networks, in particular the Internet, WWW and online social networks. How do we model and learn these networks? In contrast to conventional learning problems, where we have many independent samples, it is often the case for these networks that we can get only one independent sample. How do we use a single snapshot today to learn a model for the network, and therefore be able to predict a similar, but larger network in the future? In the case of relatively small or moderately sized networks, it’s appropriate to model the network parametrically, and attempt to learn these parameters. For massive networks, a non-parametric representation is more appropriate. In this talk, we first review the theory of graphons, developed over the last decade to describe limits of dense graphs, and the more the recent theory describing sparse graphs of unbounded average degree, including power-law graphs. We then show how to use these graphons as nonparametric models for sparse networks. Finally, we show how to get consistent estimators of these non-parametric models, and moreover how to do this in a way that protects the privacy of individuals on the network. This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series. ## This talk is included in these lists:- All CMS events
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