Daniel Larremore

Daniel B. Larremore

Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute
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  • 2016 Oct 28 - Networks Seminar at University of Houston: 1:00 PM in SEC 203.
  • Talk: The ground truth about metadata and community detection in networks.
  • 2016 Sept - I'll be visiting the Alephsys group and Alex Arenas in Tarragona for the month.
  • 2016 Sept 19 - I'll be at the Conference on Complex Systems in Amsterdam [CCS 2016].
  • Talk: Ranked communities and the detection of dominance and influence hierarchies.
  • 2016 Aug 23 - The ground truth about metadata and community detection, now on the [arXiv].
  • With Leto Peel and Aaron Clauset.
  • 2016 Aug 3 - Configuring random graph models with fixed degree sequences, now on the [arXiv].
  • With Bailey K. Fosdick, Joel Nishimura, and Johan Ugander.

About My Work

  • My research focuses on developing methods of networks, dynamical systems, and statistical inference, to solve problems in social and biological systems. I try to keep a tight loop between data and theory, and learn a lot from confronting models and algorithms with real problems.
  • I obtained my PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, advised by Juan G. Restrepo, after which I spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health studying the genetic epidemiology of malaria. I joined the Santa Fe Institute as an Omidyar fellow in September 2015.
  • Networks and theory - The processes that generate complex networks leave hints about themselves in the patterns of edges, and the relationships between those patterns and vertex metadata. I work on mathematical descriptions of graph ensembles, inference of community structures, vertex ordering or ranking, and using metadata to better understand network formation.
  • Malaria's antigenic variation and evolution - The var genes of the malaria parasite P. falciparum evolve according to complicated and unknown rules, with selective pressures at multiple scales both within hosts and between hosts. I use tools from applied math and statistical physics to understand the structural and evolutionary constraints on var gene evolution, and its their relationships with parasite virulence, population structure, and epidemiology.
  • Academic labor market dynamics - PhDs become faculty each year, but the influences of prestige, advisor, gender, publication record, among other factors, on actual hiring outcomes are not well known, even within individual fields. I investigate inequalities and dynamics of the academic labor market through large-scale data collection and generative models.

Software and Code

  • webweb
  • webweb is a free software tool, for creating interactive network visualizations in MATLAB that are viewable in your web browser. The network at the top of this page is an example of webweb, with some modifications. Downloads and information can be found on the webweb page with a full set of examples and code too. Source code, written in javascript and d3, are found on the downloads page. Learn more about d3 at d3js.org. If you modify this code or use it to make figures, let me know and I'll be happy to post a link to your publication here.
  • [Download webweb]
  • percoVIS icon
  • PercoVIS is a free software tool, created to visualize the process of percolation on a network. It was developed with much inspiration and feedback from my collaborator, Dane Taylor. It includes Erdos-Renyi and Adjacent Edge decision rules for link addition, as well as the Social Climber attachment model. Documentation about these processes can be found on the download page. If you are interested in a similar tool to visualize Kuramoto oscillators, please check out Sebastian Skardal's Synched software.
  • [Download PercoVIS]
  • biSBM
  • biSBM is free and open-source code, created to apply the method described in the paper "Efficiently inferring community structure in bipartite networks". The code finds communities in a bipartite network using a maximum-likelihood approach stochastic block model. The code requires MATLAB as well as a C++ compiler. Details, and the publication on which this code is based, can be found through the link below.
  • [Download biSBM]
  • MATLAB Codes
    • findNetworkComponents - take an undirected network adjacency matrix and return the number of components, their sizes, and their membership lists.
    • [MATLAB File Exchange]

Under Review / In Prep

  • 2016 "The ground truth about metadata and community detection in networks"
  • Leto Peel*, Daniel B. Larremore*, and Aaron Clauset. Under review. [arXiv].
  • 2016 "Dynamics of Beneficial Epidemics"
  • Andrew Berdahl, Christa Brelsford, Caterina De Bacco, Marion Dumas, Vanessa Ferdinand, Joshua A. Grochow, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Yoav Kallus, Christopher P. Kempes, Artemy Kolchinsky, Daniel B. Larremore, Eric Libby, Eleanor A. Power, Caitlin A. Stern, Brendan Tracey. Under review [arXiv]
  • 2016 "Configuring random graph models with fixed degree sequences"
  • Bailey K. Fosdick*, Daniel B. Larremore*, Joel Nishimura*, and Johan Ugander*. Under review. [arXiv]
  • 2016 "Plasmodium falciparum population genetic complexity influences expression dynamics and immune recognition among highly related genotypic clusters"
  • Amy K. Bei, Kazutoyo Miura, Daniel B. Larremore, Ababacar Diouf , Nicholas Baro, Rachel F. Daniels, Allison Griggs, Eli L. Moss, Daniel E. Neafsey, Awa B. Deme, Mohammed Sy, Stephen Schaffner, Ambroise D. Ahouidi, Daouda Ndiaye , Tandakha Dieye, Souleymane Mboup, Caroline O. Buckee, Sarah K. Volkman, Carole A. Long, and Dyann F. Wirth. Under review.

* denotes equal contribution.

Peer-reviewed publications

  • 2016 "Gender, Productivity, and Prestige in Computer Science Faculty Hiring Networks"
  • Samuel F. Way, Daniel B. Larremore, and Aaron Clauset. Proc. 2016 World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 1169-1179.
  • [WWW 2016][arXiv]
  • 2015 "Ape parasite origins of human malaria virulence genes"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Sesh A. Sundararaman, Weimin Liu, William R. Proto, Aaron Clauset, Dorothy E. Loy, Sheri Speede, Lindsey J. Plenderleith, Paul M. Sharp, Beatrice H. Hahn, Julian C. Rayner*, and Caroline O. Buckee*. Nature Communications 6, 8368.
  • [Nature Comms.]
  • 2015 "Systematic inequality and hierarchy in faculty hiring networks"
  • Aaron Clauset, Samuel Arbesman, and Daniel B. Larremore, Science Advances. 1, e1400005.
  • [Science Advances] [code and data] [interactive data visualization]
  • 2015 "Immune characterization of P. falciparum parasites with a shared genetic signature in a region of decreasing transmission"
  • Amy K. Bei, Ababacar Diouf, Kazutoyo Miura, Daniel B. Larremore, Ulf Ribacke, Gregory Tullo, Eli L. Moss, Daniel E. Neafsey, Rachel F. Daniels, Amir E. Zeituni, Iguosadolo Nosamiefan, Sarah K. Volkman, Ambroise D. Ahouidi, Daouda Ndiaye, Tandakha Dieye, Souleymane Mboup, Caroline O. Buckee, Carole Long, and Dyann F. Wirth, Infection and Immunity 83(1), 276.
  • [PDF] [IAI]
  • 2014 "Efficiently inferring community structure in bipartite networks"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Aaron Clauset, and Abigail Z. Jacobs, Physical Review E 90(1), 012805.
  • [PDF] [PRE] [code and data]
  • 2014 "Inhibition Causes Ceaseless Dynamics in Networks of Excitable Nodes"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Woodrow L. Shew, Edward Ott, Francesco Sorrentino, and Juan G. Restrepo, Physical Review Letters 112, 138103.
  • [PDF] [PRL]
  • 2013 "A network approach to analyzing highly recombinant malaria parasite genes"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Aaron Clauset, and Caroline O. Buckee. PLoS Computational Biology 9(10), e1003268.
  • [PDF] [PLoS Comp Bio] [interactive figures] [network and sequence data]
  • 2012 "Social Climber attachment in forming networks produces phase transition in a measure of connectivity"
  • Dane Taylor*, Daniel B. Larremore*. Physical Review E 86, 031140.
  • [PDF] [PRE]
  • 2012 "Statistical properties of avalanches in networks"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Marshall Y. Carpenter, Edward Ott, and Juan G. Restrepo. Physical Review E 85, 066131.
  • [PDF] [PRE]
  • 2011 "Effects of network topology, transmission delays, and refractoriness on the response of coupled excitable systems to a stochastic stimulus"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Woodrow L. Shew, Edward Ott, and Juan G. Restrepo. Chaos 21, 025117.
  • [PDF] [Chaos]
  • 2011 "Predicting criticality and dynamic range in complex networks: effects of topology"
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Woodrow L. Shew, and Juan G. Restrepo. Physical Review Letters 106, p. 058101.
  • [PDF] [PRL]

* denotes equal contribution.

Other Publications

  • 2014 Critical Dynamics in Complex Networks, chapter in Criticality in Neural Systems.
  • Daniel B. Larremore, Woodrow L. Shew, Juan G. Restrepo. Wiley, 365-392, 2014.
  • [Wiley]
  • 2012 "Progess Is Infectious"
  • Daniel E. Geer Jr., Daniel B. Larremore. IEEE Security & Privacy, 10(6), p. 94-95.
  • [PDF] [IEEE S&P]


Teaching and Workshops

Workshops and Guest Lecturing
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2014 Oct 9, CSCI 5352. Network Analysis and Modeling
  • 2013 Nov 5-7, PHYS 7810 / CHEM 6711 / MCDB 6400. Foundations of Quantitative Biology
  • HSPH summer nanocourse: Modeling Infectious Disease
  • 2014 July 24 and 27. [details]
  • AMS Mathematics Research Community
  • 2014 June 24-30, Network Science. [details]
  • Oxford Tropical Disease Network Meeting, Kilifi, Kenya
  • 2013 Oct 3, Network Analysis Workshop.

I am not doing any teaching at this time.
Previous courses are listed below. See my course evaluations.

  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2012 Spring APPM 2350, Calculus III (Instructor)
  • 2011 Fall APPM 2350, Calculus III (Instructor)
  • 2009 - 2010 Applied Mathematics Lead TA
  • 2009 Fall - APPM 1360, Calculus II (TA)
  • 2009 Spring - APPM 2360, Ordinary Differential Equations (TA)
  • 2008 Fall - APPM 2350, Calculus III (TA)
  • 2008 Summer - APPM 2350, Calculus III (TA)
  • 2008 Spring - APPM 2360, Ordinary Differential Equations (TA)
  • 2007 Fall - APPM 2350, Calculus III (TA)

Contact Details

Santa Fe Institute
1399 Hyde Park Rd.
Santa Fe, NM, 87501