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Ian McCarthy

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Research news from the Beedie School of Business at SFU. The ancient practice of #mindfulness has lessons for modern business http://beedie.sfu.ca/newsroom/2016/11/ancient-practice-of-mindfulness-has-lessons-for-modern-business/ …
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CompleNet 2017 - 8th Conference on Complex Networks
http://complenet.weebly.com/calls.html

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Apologies for any cross-posting
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Where and When:
Dubrovnik, Croatia, March 21st-24th, 2016.

Important dates:
* Abstract/Paper submission deadline: November 27, 2016
* Notification of acceptance: December 23, 2016
* Submission of Camera-Ready (papers): January 8, 2017
* Early registration ends on: January 20, 2017

How:
Submit your contribution through this easychair link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=complenet17

Speakers:
Johan Bollen, Indiana University, IN, US
Guido Caldarelli, IMT Lucca, Italy
Gourab Ghoshal, Rochester University, NY, US
Ancsa Hannak, Northeastern University, MA, US
Agnes Emoke Horvat, Northwestern University, IL, US
Vito Latora, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Jörg Menche, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Staša Milojević, Indiana University, IN, US
Anastasios Noulas, Lancaster University, UK
Giovanni Petri, Fondazione ISI, Italy
Zoltan Toroczkai, Notre Dame University, IN, US

Call for Contributions:
You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to CompleNet 2017, 8th Conference on Complex Networks (www.complenet.org), to take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on March 21st-24th, 2017.

The 8th International Conference on Complex Networks (CompleNet 2017) aims at bringing together researchers working on areas related to complex networks. In the past two decades scientific research has witnessed a remarkable increase on studies in this field. Applied to problems that span from biology to computer sciences, from economics to social sciences, complex networks are becoming increasingly pervasive in many fields of science. It is this interdisciplinary nature of the complex networks approach that the workshop is addressing.

Authors are encouraged to submit their contributions on their research in complex networks. Both theoretical and applied contributions are of interest. Specific topics of interest are (but not limited to):

Applications of Network Science
Behavioral & Social Influence
Community Structure in Networks
Complex Networks and Epidemics
Complex Networks and Mobility
Complex Networks in Biological Systems
Complex Networks in Technology
Complex networks in Statistical Mechanics
Dynamics on Networks
Ecological Networks and Food Webs
Emergence in Complex Networks
Geometry in Complex Networks
Impact and Success Prediction
Information Spreading in Social Media
Interacting Social Networks
Link Analysis and Ranking
Modeling Human Behavior in Complex Networks
Models of Complex Networks
Multiplex Networks
Network Controllability and Observability
Network Evolution
Networks as Frameworks
Rumor Spreading
Science of science
Search in Complex Networks
Shocks and Bursts
Social Networks
Structural Network Properties and Analysis
Synchronization in Networks
Network Visualization
Language Variation and Language Use
Language and Information Diffusion

Kind of contribution
Complenet accepts contributions in the form of papers (not previously published) and of original abstracts. Each submitted paper/abstract will be fully refereed and undergo a blind review process by at least two referees.

Publication (for Papers only)
Accepted papers (not abstracts) of registered authors will be published in the workshop proceedings to be published by Springer-Verlag on the Studies in Computational Intelligence Series.
Accepted abstracts of registered authors will be presented at the conference but the abstract will not be included in the Springer-Verlag book.

Presentation at Complenet
Submitted contributions (papers and abstracts) can be accepted either for an oral presentation or for a poster presentation.

Instructions for Submissions
Submit your paper/abstract electronically in PDF format. No hardcopy or fax submissions will be accepted. Submissions should be printable on a standard printer on common paper formats such as A4 or letter.

Papers: Submitted papers should follow the Springer format. Papers should not exceed 12 pages in this format. Some works may be accepted as short papers and shall be limited to 8 pages maximum.

Abstracts: the length of the abstract should be minimum one page and maximum 2 pages. It should include one figure with caption within the two pages limit.

Link for contribution:
All contributions should be submitted electronically through easychair. You can find detailed information about the submission process on the conference web site http://www.complenet.org.

General Chair
Vinko Zlatic, Institute Rudjer Boskovic, Croatia

Program Chairs
Roberta Sinatra, CNS and Math Department, Central European University, Hungary
Bruno Gonçalves, NYU Center for Data Science, USA

Program Committee
Visit the Committee Page on http://complenet.weebly.com/

Steering Committee
Alex Arenas, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Giuseppe Mangioni, University of Catania, Italy
José Mendes, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Ronaldo Menezes, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Stephen Uzzo, NY Hall of Science, USA

Main Contact for CompleNet 2017
info@complenet.org
More information are available at: http://complenet.weebly.com/ 
Where and When: Dubrovnik, Croatia, March 21st-24th, 2016. Important dates: Abstract/Paper submission deadline: November 27, 2016 Notification of acceptance: December 23, 2016 Submission of...
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Bruno Gonçalves
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In the United States where I’m based it is now the beginning of the school year and that means that it’s also the season for University…
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Bruno Gonçalves
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Some of my earliest childhood memories are of going to junk yards with my father. He worked his entire career on car and truck (the 18…
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Ian McCarthy

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Is your organization being sabotaged?
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Ian McCarthy

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Presentation slides on the open innovation research landscape. Share and use as wish.
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Ian McCarthy

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Google Scholar Metrics: Top ten most highly cited research papers in Business, Economics and Management.
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Hi everyone! We run a social science blog from the Philippines and we write and share articles on everything social science. Please show us your support by liking our FB page. (Google+ page under contemplation). Thank you!
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gene s

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Data from the World Bank can be used to order countries by infant Mortality Rate (IMR).

There are 38 countries with IMR below 5, and 63 with IMR below 10. Of these 63, 6 are in Latin America and Caribbean, 7 are in East Asia and the Pacific, 38 are in Europe and Central Asia, 8 are in the Middle East and North Africa, 2 are in North America, and two are in South Asia.

The countries with the 15 lowest IMR are all in Europe and Central Asia, except two, Singapore and Japan, in East Asia and the Pacific. Some of the countries in Europe and Central Asia are Luxembourg, Iceland, Finland, Andorra, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Cyprus.

There are 5 countries with IMR higher than 80: Chad, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, and Angola, all in Sub-Saharan Africa.

There are another 41 countries with IMR above 40 but below 80. 29 of these countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Only one of these, Haiti, is in Latin America and the Caribbean, and only one, Djibouti, is in Middle East and North Africa. Two, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, are in Europe and Central Asia. Three, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, are in South Asia. Five are in East Asia and the Pacific.

Of the 15 countries with the highest IMR, all but two, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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gene s

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This shows variation in governance in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), again, using the World Bank data, showing effective governance. I used the same y axis as I used in the world graph, just to compare LAC to the world. In the world graph, showing the top and bottom 10, the top 10 all had scores over 1.7 and the bottom 10 all had scores below -1.4. For LAC, almost all of the scores were higher than -1.4 and lower than 1.7.

One LAC (Haiti) country was in the lowest 10. None of the LAC countries were in the highest 10.
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Bruno Gonçalves
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Our latest paper has just hit the arXiv: "Immigrant community integration in world cities" https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.01056

"Migrant and hosting communities face long-term challenges in the integration process. Immigrants must adapt to new laws and ways of life, while hosts need to adjust to multicultural societies. Integration impacts many facets of life such as access to jobs, real state and public services and can be well approximated by the extent of spatial segregation of minority group residence. Here we conduct an extensive study of immigrant integration in 53 world cities by using Twitter language detection and by introducing metrics of spatial segregation. In this way, we quantify the Power of Integration of cities (their capacity to integrate diverse cultures), and characterize the relations between cultures when they act in the role of hosts and immigrants."


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Bruno Gonçalves
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My latest paper just hit the arXiv: "Urban Pulse: Capturing the Rhythm of Cities" http://bit.ly/2bTa7Tw see also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J70-Ns0cFnQ
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Michael Smith

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Assessment of #Water Shortage and its Implications to #Gender Role
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This study was carried in Mvumi wards in Dodoma region, Tanzania. The study area was selected to represent semi-arid #biome as it experiences annual excessive drought.
For More: http://www.omicsonline.com/open-access/assessment-of-water-shortage-and-its-implications-to-gender-role-insemiarid-areas-in-mvumi-ward-dodoma-in-tanzania-2151-6200-1000142.php?aid=65465
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Shlomo Ben-Ami points out the climate that nurtures populism, without elaborating the political structure that allows it to thrive. The reason why "no Western democracy nowadays is immune to right-wing populism" is that the "volonté générale (general will) of the people has been hijacked by demagogues for - often - nefarious ends, which have "long bedeviled democratic politics." Right-wing populism has a history of xenophobia, which focuses on nostalgia and blame, allowing its politicians to combine it with other ideologies, such as nativism.
In Europe, the EU has become a convenient bogeyman for "everything that goes wrong" politically - democratic deficit, the inability to react to crises and to act accordingly etc. For Britain's leading Eurosceptics, like Nigel Farage, "the borderless world that the EU, with its commitment to globalization, represents is destroying the nation-state, which better protected their interests," by withdrawing from Europe. Workers resent EU immigrants' eagerness to work for lower wages and the elderly "recalled a past when jobs were secure, neighbors were familiar, and security was assured."
In America, Donald Trump has adopted a similar playbook. He has been successful in selling his slogan "America First." Yet his other campaign pledge - "Make America Great Again" - may just be snake oil. His intention to "withdraw the US from international arrangements" reveals his ignorance in US history and his inconsistency of his reasoning. On the one hand he would increase military spending, on the other, he would "dispense with NATO."
That Farage and Trump had been able to rise to prominence has much the paranoid style of politics to thank for. Populism actually constitutes the essence of democratic politics, which - per se - is good for democracy, but it is illiberalism that is the real problem. In theory populism is positive, because it brings to the fore issues that large parts of the population care about, but that the political elites neglect, or want to avoid discussing - immigration for the right or austerity for the left. But populism can also turn bad and ugly, if opportunists hijack these issues to win attention and garner popular support for personal gains. On both sides of the Atlantic populism has become an illiberal democratic response to undemocratic liberalism. Both Britain and the US have been held ransom by a bunch of bigots, who seek to impose their black and white views on a majoritarian mainstream and their uncompromising stance towards the - in their eyes undemocratic - establishment, polarising their countries.
Indeed, the Brexit vote and Trump's presidential nomination should be a wakeup call for the political establishment that only a democratic process will bring peace to a country. Ordinary citizens feel excluded if their government put independent, technocratic institutions in charge, that they think don't have their best interests at heart. But then, courts, central banks and other government organisations do require experts and specialists, which sometimes leave no space for democratic opposition. No doubt political leaders are well advised to educate their citizens and inform them of what the government does. Better understanding of politics help promote the social contract between citizens and their leaders.
It seems that practically no Western democracy nowadays is immune to right-wing populism. While populist rhetoric seems to be reaching fever pitch, with far-reaching consequences, the reality is that the strain of nativism that it represents has long bedeviled democratic politics.
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Ian McCarthy

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Follow the (Social Media) leader
The owner of a Twitter account that currently boasts nearly 24 thousand followers, Ian McCarthy gives social media praise for being an invaluable tool for disseminating his research and teaching to a wider audience. In fact, his influential content has landed his Twitter handle on lists with ...
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One of the few tedious things I enjoy: making an APA ready citation list for my books.
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Metrocosm

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Which EU country has produced the most emigrants?
Of the 28 European Union member states, which one has the largest population living outside the country? Answer: the United Kingdom Immigrants vs. expats While the U.K. votes to approve the Brexit and leave the E.U. to stop the inflow of foreign immigrants, the fact that 4.9 million of its own citizens are living in other countries goes […]
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gene s

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Data from the World Bank show that Infant Mortality Rates (IMR) have been declining steadily. In 1980, the regions were fairly far apart, with North America and Europe having the lowest IMR and Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa the highest. But now, in 2015, almost all the regions are much closer together, since the regions with high IMR have shown a lot of improvement. The exception is Sub-Saharan Africa, still quite a lot higher than everywhere else, but since the late 1990's, declining quite rapidly.

Recall, though, that regional analysis is just a starting place, as in other posts, I've demonstrated there is often quite a lot of variation within regions.
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gene s

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Government Effectiveness, South East Asia
Data from the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/ shows the variation in governance in South East Asia. There is quite a lot of variation, from a high of 2.2 in Singapore, to a low of -1.5 in Myanmar. In fact, Myanmar is among the 10 countries in the world with the lowest scores, and Singapore is the country with the highest world score.

Brief methods note. I'm not sure the World Bank defines "South East Asia" so this grouping is from the UN https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/DataQuery/
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gene s

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The World Bank has indicators for six dimensions of of governance, http://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/worldwide-governance-indicators
Previously I showed that these dimensions are all fairly well intercorrelated. Here is how one of them, effective governance, varies throughout the world.

Most countries in the lowest 10 on government effectiveness are in Sub-Saharan Africa, except a couple in East Asia (North Korea, Myanmar) and in Latin America and Caribbean (Haiti). Most of the countries in the highest 10 are in Europe and East Asia, except on in North America (Canada). By the way, the US is high up too, just not the top 10.

"Government Effectiveness captures perceptions of the quality of public services, the quality of the civil service and the degree of its independence from political pressures, the quality of policy formulation and implementation, and the credibility of the government's commitment to such policies. Estimate gives the country's score on the aggregate indicator, in units of a standard normal distribution, i.e. ranging from approximately -2.5 to 2.5."
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