Social Dynamics Laboratory

About the Lab

We study the interplay between network topology and the dynamics of social interaction, using computational models, data from on-line networks, and laboratory experiments with human participants.

We are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the MINERVA Initiative.

The SDL Director is Michael Macy, Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Information Science.

The Assistant Director is Chris Cameron, a PhD candidate at Cornell.


Vistor: James Evans


James Evans visits Cornell Feb. 25-27

Training: PySpark for Data Analysis


Introduction to Big Data with Apache Spark. A Free edX Course via Berkeley CS Dept starts in April 2015

Training: Variable Selection with Lasso


Introduction to the Lasso The Lasso method addresses overfitting and interpretation issues in models with large number of variables by identifying a small number of predictors on which a reliable model can be built.