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Keegan, Brian Assistant Professor

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  • Assistant Professor Brian C. Keegan is a computational social scientist whose research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, network science and data science. He uses computational methods to identify, analyze, and theorize the structural and temporal patterns of large-scale social interaction. This work is motivated by his belief that social life rarely unfolds at a steady state; bursts, sequences, and other dynamics play crucial roles in structuring the social world around us. His research uses large datasets from socio-technical information systems such as Wikipedia revision histories, online game user behavior logs, and social media data streams to understand the intersection of temporal dynamics and large-scale social behavior. He is also researching how data science capabilities are being adopted by the emerging cannabis industry.

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  • Computational social science, Network science, Data science, Computer-mediated communication, New media, Peer production, Crowdsourcing, Computer-supported cooperative work, Web science, Cannabis, Marijuana

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Teaching

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  • ARSC 5040 - Arts and Sciences Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Same as ARSC 4040. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
  • INFO 2201 - Computational Reasoning 2: Representations of Data
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Surveys techniques for representing data and expressing relationships among data, both at small scales (for example, via programmatic data structures) and at large scales (for example, in various kinds of database systems). Introduces fundamentals of algorithm analysis and the trade-offs involved in managing data using different approaches, tools and organizing principles. Requires demonstrated proficiency with introductory computer programming.
  • INFO 3402 - Information Exposition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Teaches students to communicate information to a wider audience and construct stories with data across a variety of domains. Students will learn to use data for rhetorical purposes, applying visual, statistical and interpretative methods. Students will learn to think critically about ethical and social implications of using data in expository media, including identification of bias.
  • INFO 3501 - Investigations in Information Science: Open Collaboration
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Analyzes the mechanisms of peer production and crowdsourcing systems like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap. Students will investigate how these crowdsourced platforms work socially and technically, develop skills using tools for their analysis and critically evaluate platform and community limitations. Same as INFO 5501.
  • INFO 5501 - Investigations in Information Science: Online Collaboration
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Analyzes the mechanisms of peer production and crowdsourcing systems like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap. Students will investigate how these crowdsourced platforms work socially and technically, develop skills using tools for their analysis and critically evaluate platform and community limitations. Same as INFO 3501.

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Github

  • github.com/brianckeegan/