Economic Context

Economic Context

Use of meta-data to analyze relationships is a currently, sometimes hotly, debated topic. Using network analysis of meta-data about relationships

between people, interesting patterns can be inferred. In a fun blog post Healy (2013), based in part on work by Han (2009), uses simple

meta-data on membership in organizations in the Boston area in 1775 can identify Paul Revere as a key central figure. Both Han (2009) and

Healy (2013) refer to measures of the centrality of a node in the network. One of the measures they use is the betweenness centrality which

measures the proportion of shortest paths between any two given nodes that a third node lies within.

A separate literature has arisen that uses these same techniques to understand the relationships between co-authors, (e.g. Leskovec, et. al.

(2007)). In the context of co-authors, the question becomes who are the central figures (nodes) in a literature? The pattern of who coauthored

with whom reveals information on the centrality of different authors doing research in the literature.

The assignment is going to use data on astrophysics co-authorships from 1995 to 1999 to undertake an analysis of the network relationships

which differs from the typical centrality measures. Instead of betweenness centrality, we’re going to determine hub and authority scores for

each node in the network. Hubs and authorities are generally used as the basis for ranking nodes related to searching for particular nodes and

were proposed by Kleinberg as alternative to Google’s PageRank.

What does all of this have to do with mathematical economics? A graph, or network, is defined by its adjacency matrix. The adjacency

matrix m is a square matrix of dimension n, where n is the number of nodes. The (i, j)th element of the m is equal to one if a link exists from

node i TO node j. Thus, the adjacency matrix need not be symmetric (links between nodes can be directed or undirected). The algorithm for

computing hub and authorities scores for each node is a set of iterated matrix calculations that will converge.

Model Exploration

? Research steps to undertake

To undertake the hub and authority analysis, complete the following steps to determine who the most important “hubs” and “authorities” are

in the astrophysics literature:

Carefully read sections 14.2 and 14.6.A of Easley and Kleinberg (2010). Read the other parts of the chapter 1. 14 only if you’re interested.

Get the ”citations-starting.nb” Mathematica notebook. Setup the Mathematica notebook to pull in the data and create the adjacency

matrix. Instructions are provided in the notebook.

2.

Eco414 students: Complete a 4 step (k = 4) hub and authority algorithm using the data provided. Which astrophysicists are the

important hubs or authorities? Interpret what that means.

3.

M.A. and 3+1 students: Complete a 4 step (k = 4) hub and authority algorithm using the data provided. This will help you understand

the algorithm. Next, undertake the analysis in the limit as k ???? 8. Which astrophysicists are the important hubs or authorities? Interpret

what that means.

4.

Completing the Assignment

? Document guidelines

Develop a write up of your explorations in an interactive Mathematica notebook that meets professional standards:

The discussion of your computational analysis should be 750-1250 words and the writing ! should meet professional standards.

The audience for the discussion is other economists who have had training in mathematical economics. Thus, you should use the

language and terminology of mathematical economics to convey your findings.

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All sources and direct quotes should be properly cited. Use the APA in-line style for citations in the body of the text and APA style for

listing references at the end of the notebook.

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The Mathematica notebook should be well organized into sections with appropriate subsections and discussion of your analysis. Use

appropriate plots and interactive elements to enhance your reader’s comprehension of the discussion.

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! In the opening section of the notebook, the following statement must be included:

“By submitting the enclosed material, I acknowledged that I did not receive any assistance from any other individual except Prof.

McBride in completing the assignment.”

? Submission guidelines

Name your notebook file ”HW02-uniqueID.nb” where uniqueID is your Miami uniqueID. For example, if I was submitting my file, it

would be named ”HW02-mcbridme.nb”.

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! Create a pdf version of your notebook file which will be named “HW02-uniqueID.pdf”.

! Submit both the .nb and .pdf files via Canvas.

References

Easley, D., Kleinberg, J., 2010. Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a Highly Connected World. Cambridge and New

York.

A.

Han, S.-K., June 2009. The other ride of paul revere: The brokerage role in the making of the American revolution. Mobilization 14 (2),

143–162.

B.

Healy, K., June 2013. Using metadata to find paul revere.

URL http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/

C.

Leskovec, J., Kleinberg, J. and Faloutsos, C. 2007. graph evolution: densification and shrinking diameters. ACM Transactions on

Knowledge Discovery from Data, 1 (1), xx-xx.

D.

Grading Rubric

As you complete the homework assignment, keep the following grading rubric in mind:

Table 1. Rubric

Criteria Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree

quality of mathematics

(35%)

mathematics reflects

deep insight into the

issues

mathematics

appropriate

for the issues

mathematics are

loosely related

to the issues

mathematics incorrect

or unrelated to issues

quality of economics

(40%)

economics reflects

deep insight in the

issues

economics appropriate

for the issues

economics are loosely

related to the issues

economics incorrect or

unrelated to issues

use of Mathematica

(15%)

takes full advantage of

Mma

appropriate use of

Mma

barely uses Mma incorrect or improper

use of Mma

quality of written

discussion (10%)

strongly meets

professional standards

with clear, concise

exposition

meets professional

standards for clarity

and exposition

minimally meets

professional standards

for clarity and

exposition

fails to meet minimal

professional standards

for clarity and

exposition

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