On Friday, March 4 (2016), I'll deliver a talk on Big Data - To Explain or To Predict as part of the Big Data Experts Speaker Series @ Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The talk will discuss the differences between modeling data for causal explanation vs. prediction, with the aim of clarifying usages of big data analytics in both academic research and industry.
Big Data - To Explain or To Predict? @ U Toronto's Rotman School of Mgmt
New Working Paper: Analyzing Behavioral Big Data
In preparation for my plenary talk at the Stu Hunter Research Conference next month, I have written the paper "Analyzing Behavioral Big Data: Methodological, Practical, Ethical, and Moral Issues", now available on SSRN. My talk will be followed by two discussants and hopefully a heated debate from the audience. If you have feedback on the paper or the topic, please email me!
SRITNE Knowledge Seminar talk on Information Quality: A Framework for Evaluating Empirical Studies
Tomorrow (Feb 3, 2016), I'll deliver a talk on "Information Quality: A Framework for Evaluating Empirical Studies", as part of the SRITNE Knowledge Seminar at the Indian School of Business. I will introduce InfoQ and also mention recent developments of the framework for authors and reviewers of empirical papers.
Time and Location: Indian School of Business (Gachibowli, Hyderabad), AC3 MLT, 11:00-12:30.
Received the E.SUN Bank Academic Award
During our Chinese New Year Banquet this week, I received an award for publishing in a top journal: The E.SUN Academic Award (see news coverage). This generous award, established by E.SUN bank, is given to faculty at the top four management schools in Taiwan who publish in one of the few top journals in their field. NTHU joined the program in 2015.
As part of the award ceremony, I briefly presented the two papers for which I won the award (see my slides):
- "A Tree-Based Approach for Addressing Self-selection in Impact Studies with Big Data", with Inbal Yahav (Bar Ilan University) and Deepa Mani (Indian School of Business), forthcoming in MIS Quarterly
- "One Way Mirrors In Online Dating: A Randomized Field Experiment", with Ravi Bapna (Minnesota), Jui Ramprasad (McGill), and Akhmed Umyarov (U Minnesota), forthcoming in Management Science.
I'm extremely grateful to my co-authors -- it's been incredible to collaborate with these out-of-the-box thinkers with incredible knowledge and creativity. Research is always exciting in these collaborations, making the painful publication process tolerable and worthwhile.
E.SUN Bank's investment in academic research - recognizing and incentivizing top research in management schools in Taiwan - is a wonderful signal highlighting the importance of academic research to industry as well. Thanks to E.SUN Bank leadership for the award! It is my honor to bring NTHU its first E.SUN Academic Award. Thanks also to my colleagues at the Institute of Service Science and the College of Technology Management for their support.
Announcement on our college website (in Chinese, but possible to translate with Google Chrome!)
Explain or Predict @ Microsoft Research
The Microsoft Research group in NYC invited me to give a talk on "To Explain or To Predict? How Prediction Can Advance Research". I spent half a day on Nov 3, 2015 at their beautiful lab and learned what "computational social scientists" study. The audience in my talk included folks with a computer science background from the computational social science and machine learning groups and others. The lively discussion touched on what the scientific method means and requires in social science research.