In Spring 2016, Math Horizons, a publication of the Mathematical Association of America, published an introductory article about Network Science that I wrote with Jie Shan, one of my former students. We used the techniques of network science to explore the complex social and narrative dynamics of Westeros and Essos. This fantasy world was a great playground for explaining network analysis techniques, which require combining quantitative analysis with “domain expertise.”
Inspired by the warm reception that our article received, we’ve returned to the Seven Kingdoms to provide a more authoritative analysis. This site contains the results.
Here are some links, if you want to explore the media coverage from Spring 2016.
- The Quartz story by Adam Epstein was the first, and still the best, article. He’s a talented writer with a good sense of fun.
- This Popular Science article is pretty good, too. It moves the conversation forward by focusing on the unexpected runner-up in our analysis, Sansa Stark.
- The A. V. Club gives the definitive rebuttal. Touché, A. V. Club, touché.
- This SFGate article lets me talk a little bit more about our take on the network.
- If you’d rather “watch” our paper than read about it, then the Huffington Post has a very entertaining video that sums it up nicely.
- This Forbes Magazine article emphasizes the mathematics side over the pop culture side, in an engaging way. It even links to some of the relevant definitions in wikipedia.
- I’m thrilled that IFLScience posted a thoughtful article. IFL that site.
- We even managed to sneak into a Maureen Dowd piece on Peter Dinklage in the New York Times.
- We were also featured on Weekend Edition on National Public Radio and Good Morning America.
- Finally, the American Mathematical Society featured this work as one of their Math Moments, including a cool flyer and a two-part podcast interview with Michael Breen of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician fame!