Today the lab heard a talk by Dr. Bailey Fosdick, a new faculty member in Statistics at Colorado State University. She spoke about temporal dynamics of social networks -- in this case, baboon troops in Kenya. The primatologist(s) that Dr. Fosdick works with observed that baboon troops go through fission events every 12-15 years and wanted to know if the members of the two resulting groups could be predicted. In other words, this was the baboon version of the karate club data set. Could we infer group membership in advance of a fission event?
The dynamics of social networks over time is an active area of research in network science. My colleague Abigail Jacobs is also working on understanding the temporal dynamics of social networks.