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Amal Agarwal wins best paper award from Risk Prediction and Analysis section

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Amal Agarwal received "Best Paper" award from the Risk Prediction and Analysis sections for his paper entitled "Model-Based Clustering of Nonparametric Weighted Networks with Application to Water Pollution Analysis"
Amal Agarwal wins best paper award from Risk Prediction and Analysis section

Amal Agarwal

Amal will present his paper at this years JSM conference held in Vancouver this year, from July 28 to August 2, 2018.

Abstract: 

Water pollution is a major global environmental problem, and it poses a great environmental risk to public health and biological diversity. This work is motivated by assessing the potential environmental threat of coal mining through increased sulfate concentrations in river networks, which do not belong to any simple parametric distribution. However, existing network models mainly focus on binary networks and weighted networks with known parametric weight distributions. We propose a principled nonparametric weighted network model based on exponential-family random graph models and local likelihood estimation and study its model-based clustering with application to large-scale water pollution network analysis. We do not require any parametric distribution assumption on network weights. The proposed method greatly extends the methodology and applicability of statistical network models. Furthermore, it is scalable to large and complex networks in large-scale environmental studies and geo-scientific research. The power of our proposed methods is demonstrated in simulation studies and a real application to sulfate pollution network analysis in Ohio watershed in Pennsylvania, USA.

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