Mathematical Sociology at ASA

Ron Breiger emailed the mathematical sociology section listhost with the schedule for mathematical sociology at this years annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, held in Atlanta. I thought it could be useful to post it to the blog so you’ll find it pasted below. I may be kept from attending due to an illness in the family, but if I attend I may try to do a little live-blogging of some sessions, so check back and comment!

THE BIG PICTURE!

SATURDAY, 6:30 – 8:15 pm (Marriott): Reception (joint with Rationality & Society and Evolution and Society; Marriott)

MONDAY, 8:30 – 10:10 am. Regular Session: Mathematical Sociology (Hilton)
MONDAY, 10:30 – 12:10 pm. Regular Session: Mathematical Sociology II (Hilton)

TUESDAY: ALL ARE SESSIONS OF THE SECTION ON MATHEMATICAL SOCIOLOGY
TUESDAY, 8:30 – 10:10. Paper Session. New Developments in Mathematical Sociology (Marriott)
TUESDAY, 10:30 – 11:30. Invited Panel: Next Steps in Mathematical Sociology (Marriott)
TUESDAY, 11:30 – 12:30. Awards Presentations and Business Meeting: All invited! (Marriott)
TUESDAY, 12:30 – 2:20, Paper Session: Mathematical Sociology at Key Intersections of the Discipline (Marriott)

THE SPECIFICS!

Saturday, 6:30 pm (Marriott). Reception (joint with Rationality & Society and Evolution & Society)

Monday, 8:30 am (Hilton). Regular Session: Mathematical Sociology. Organizer and Presider: Barbara F. Meeker (University of Maryland-College Park)
a) Statistical Puzzles Generated by Mathematical Sociology. Guillermina Jasso (New York University), Samuel Kotz (George Washington University)
b) How to Use Graph Theory to Study Social Science Sequence Data. Fabio Rojas (Indiana University), Amia K. Foston (Indiana University – Bloomington)
c) The Dynamics of Synchronization in World Systems: A Formal Model. Robert Alan Hanneman, Jesse Bradford Fletcher, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Kirk S. Lawrence, Hiroko Inoue, Richard Evan Niemeyer, Jacob Apkarian ( all at University of California-Riverside)
d) Contrasting Emotions Predicted by Affect Control Theory for Similar Social and Reflexive Behaviors. Jesse Kenneth Clark (University of Georgia)

Monday, 10:30 am. (Hilton). Regular Session: Mathematical Sociology II. Organizer and Presider; Barbara F. Meeker
a) How do Cultural Classes Wmerge From Assimilation and Distinction? An Extension of Cucker-Smale Model. Jeong-han Kang (Yonsei University), Kyung-Kuen Kang (Seoul National University)
b) How Social Influence Generates Overconfidence in the Wisdom of Crowds. Heiko Rauhut (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)
c) Predictability of ‘Unpredictable’ Cultural Markets. Richard Colbaugh (Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology) and Kristin Glass (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)
d) The Persistence of a Pluralistic Society in Continuous Models of Opinion Dynamics. Michael Maes (University of Groningen), Andreas Flache (University of Groningen), Dirk Helbing (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)

Tuesday, 8:30 am (Marriott). Section on Mathematical Sociology Paper Session: New Developments in Mathematical Sociology. Organizer: David R. Schaefer (Arizona State University)
a) Cognitive models of group identification: a case study in regional self-identification. Zack W. Almquist (University of California-Irvine)
b) Modeling World-Systems in the Early Evolutionary Period: ecological and spatial formation of social complexity. Hiroko Inoue (University of California-Riverside)
c) Toward a Social Algebra: Prerequisites and Prospects. David L. Sallach (University of Chicago)
d) Extended Structures of Mediation: Re-examining Brokerage in Dynamic Networks. Emma S. Spiro (University of California-Irvine), Ryan M. Acton (University of California-Irvine), Carter T. Butts (University of California-Irvine)

Tuesday, 10:30 am (one hour; Marriott). Section on Mathematical Sociology Invited Session. Next Steps in Mathematical Sociology. Organizer and Presider: Ron Breiger (University of Arizona). Panelists: Sun-ki Chai (University of Hawaii), John Levi Martin (University of California-Berkeley), Dawn T. Robinson (University of Georgia), John Skvoretz (University of South Florida)

Tuesday, 11:30 am (one hour, Marriott). Section on Mathematical Sociology Award Presentations and Business Meeting – All invited!

Tuesday, 12:30 pm (Marriott), Section on Mathematical Sociology Paper Session. Mathematical Sociology at Key Intersections of the Discipline. Organizer and Presider: Matthew E. Brashears (Cornell University).
a) Dynamic Logic of Norms: Evolution of Macro Entailment Structures. Lorien Jasny (University of California-Irvine)
b) Effects of Individual and Group-Level Properties on the Robustness of Emergency-Phase Communication Networks. Sean Fitzhugh (University of California-Irvine)
c) Predictive Analysis for Social Diffusion: The Role of Network Communities. Richard Colbaugh (Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology), Kristin Glass (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)
d) Discussant: Paulette Lloyd (University of Indiana-Bloomington)

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4 Responses to Mathematical Sociology at ASA

  1. Bob Hanneman says:

    This was an exceptional year at the ASA meetings thanks to the efforts of a number of folks — most notably Ron Breiger, Barbara Meeker, and Matt Brashears. We don’t usually do four paper sessions (and we probably won’t get this many for Chicago).

    All of the sessions were well attended, and the presentations were really top quality. Even in Atlanta, even at the end of the meetings — it seems that there is a lot of energy in the section.

    Paulette Lloyd of Indiana was going to be the discussant in the last paper session, but wasn’t able to. She sent her regrets, and expects to continue to be really active in the section.

    Hope everyone else had as much fun at Atlanta as I did.

  2. Michael Bishop says:

    I certainly had a good time. I wish I could have made more of the math soc. sections because what I was able to see was impressive. I also enjoyed the blogger party: http://scatter.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/asa-blog-party/

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