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Bruce Desmarais

Bruce Desmarais, Ph.D., is the DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science at Penn State University, where he is also Director of the Center for Social Data Analytics and an affiliate of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences.

Desmarais teaches courses on machine learning, network analysis, introductory quantitative methods, and social data analytics. His research is focused on methodological development and applications that advance our understanding of the complex interdependence that underlies social and political processes. Methodologically, he has expertise in network modeling, machine learning, text-as-data, and experimental design for understanding complex systems. His primary application areas include public policy diffusion and digital communications involving political elites.

Desmarais co-authored one of the few textbooks on statistical models for networks, Inferential Network Analysis, and has published his research in leading journals in political science, public policy, statistics, sociology, computer science, physics, and neuroscience.

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Bruce's Seminars

Machine Learning

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to machine learning. Topics include: cross-validation, model evaluation, variable selection, classification, prediction, and regression.

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