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Amal Agarwal

Amal Agarwal

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University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 441-2119


  1. Dual Degree (B.Tech.+ M.Tech.) in Engineering Physics with Minor in Statistics
  2. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay
  3. August 2014


I am currently a 5th year graduate research assistant (ABD) at Department of Statistics in Pennsylvania State University. To know more about me, please visit my website.

Selected Publications

I only list, reverse chronologically, rigorously peer-reviewed/under revision/under review, full-length papers at reputable journals or conferences. Note that I exclude all short workshop/conference papers, poster/talk abstracts, and papers with little/no review.

  • Guided by Your Stars: Two-Mode Segmentation Using Large-Scale Online Product Rating Networks 
    Qian Chen, Amal Agarwal (co-first author), Lingzhou Xue, Duncan Fong and Wayne DeSarbo.
    Under review in Marketing Science...
  • Temporal Exponential-Family Random Graph Models with Time-Evolving Latent Block Structure for Dynamic Networks
    Amal Agarwal
    , Kevin Lee and Lingzhou Xue.
    Under review in Journal of American Statistical Association.

Research Interests

Currently, I am working on several exciting research topics under the advisorship of Dr. Lingzhou Xue.

Primary Research Interests:

  1. Large-scale network analysis
    • Time-Evolving Community Detection in Dynamic Networks
    • Non-Parametric Clustering of Weighted Networks
  2. Statistical Machine Learning
  3. Variational Inference
  4. Stochastic Optimization
  5. Bayesian Analysis and MCMC algorithms
  6. Parallel Computing and Visualization

Collaborative Research Interests:

  1. Geosciences-
    • Network Applications in sparse spatiotemporal Environmental Big Data
    • Building Polluter Detection tools using R Shiny and Leaflet (see GeoNet Application)
  2. Genomics-
    • Constrained Penalized Regression Models for big chromosome matrices (HiC Data)
  3. Business-
    • Recommender Systems via Two-Mode Segmentation of Consumer-Product Review Networks

Honors and Awards

  • J. Keith Ord Scholarship in Statistics
  • Best Student Paper Award in Risk Analysis, ASA
  • Student Travel Award and Finalist in student paper competition in IISA

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