Lisa Friedland news, Jan 2019:
  • Our paper on fake news has been published in Science. ☺
  • I'm looking for a job! Feel free to suggest leads -- preferably in research or industry, and near Boston.
  • I've now left the Lazer Lab and started working for Tina Eliassi-Rad -- still at the Network Science Institute.

Brief bio: I'm a computer scientist by training, with a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a B.A. from Harvard. My research is in data science (a.k.a. data mining), machine learning, network science, and computational social science.

I've worked on a diverse range of projects. They've touched on Twitter, fake news, inferring social ties, anomaly and fraud detection, near-duplicate detection and data linking, information retrieval and text processing, relational learning, and bioinformatics. What tie these together are a few themes: working with graph-structured data; understanding complex behavior through simple models and baselines; and manipulating real data to learn something new about the world. My research style is to dive deeply into new topics, look for non-obvious insights about algorithms, data, or statistics, and, ideally, distill them into straightforward answers.