Network of Thrones

Speaker: Andrew Beveridge, Macalester College

Date & Time:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Owens Science Hall (OWS) 250

Abstract: Who is the main character in "Game of Thrones?" Who is the protagonist? Are these different questions? Wait- why is a mathematician asking this? 

Network Science is an interdisciplinary field that studies the patterns of connection in complex systems. We will explore the social dynamics of the fictional world of Westeros by creating and analyzing a network of character interactions. Just like the real world networks that surround us, the structure of the connections identify coherent communities and important characters. We go one step further and discuss a synthesis of mathematics and dramatic criticism which uses data visualization techniques to reveal insights into the narrative structure of this epic series.  Warning: here there be dragons and spoilers.

Biosketch: Andrew Beveridge, PhD is Associate Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at Macalester College. He studies the structure of networks, and other topics in the intersection of mathematics and computer science, and their applications to society.

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