Abigail Z. Jacobs

I am a PhD student in Computer Science working on computational social science & inference in social and biological networks.

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  • Current work: I have been collaborating with Duncan Watts at Microsoft Research NYC on a series of projects on organizations (internships 2015, 2016; consulting researcher) and with Hanna Wallach (MSR NYC) on change points in network data

  • Untangling the roles of parasites in food webs with generative network models.
    Abigail Z. Jacobs, Jennifer A. Dunne, Cristopher Moore, and Aaron Clauset.
    Submitted/under revision (2015). [arXiv, bioRxiv, slides]
  • Assembling thefacebook: Using heterogeneity to understand online social network assembly
    Abigail Z. Jacobs, Samuel F. Way, Johan Ugander and Aaron Clauset.
    Proc. 7th ACM Int’l Conf. on Web Science (WebSci), 2015. [arXiv, data]
  • Learning latent block structure in weighted networks.
    Christopher Aicher, Abigail Z. Jacobs, and Aaron Clauset.
    Journal of Complex Networks 3(2), 221-248 (2015). [arXiv]
    download the code
  • A unified view of generative models for networks: models, methods, opportunities, and challenges.
    Abigail Z. Jacobs and Aaron Clauset.
    NIPS 2014 Workshop on Networks: From Graphs to Rich Data. arXiv:1411.4070 [arXiv]
  • Efficiently inferring community structure in bipartite networks.
    Daniel B. Larremore, Aaron Clauset, and Abigail Z. Jacobs.
    Physical Review 90, 012805 (2014). [arXiv]
    download the code
  • Complex life cycles in a pond food web: effects of life stage structure and parasites on network properties, trophic positions and the fit of a probabilistic niche model.
    Daniel L. Preston, Abigail Z. Jacobs, Sarah A. Orlofske, Pieter T.J. Johnson.
    Oecologia (2014) 174 (3) 953-965. [Springer]
  • Adapting the stochastic block model to edge-weighted networks.
    Christopher Aicher, Abigail Z. Jacobs and Aaron Clauset.
    ICML Workshop on Structured Learning (SLG 2013).  [arXiv]
    download the code
  • Detecting friendship within dynamic online interaction networks.
    Sears Merritt, Abigail Z. Jacobs, Winter Mason and Aaron Clauset.
    Proc. of the 7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), 380 – 389 (2013). [arXiv]
  • Adapting to non-stationarity with growing expert ensembles.
    Cosma R. Shalizi, Abigail Z. Jacobs, Kristina L. Klinkner, and Aaron Clauset.
    arXiv:1103.0949 [arXiv]



Find me on Google Scholar or in the Clauset Lab at the University of Colorado, or email me at abigail.jacobs@colorado.edu. I almost never tweet as az_jacobs. I often go by Abbie (but never by Abby).

I am currently a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, working with Aaron Clauset. I am lucky to have support from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I also served as an organizer for the 2015 Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop, a technical workshop co-located with NIPS.

Previously I studied Mathematics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences at Northwestern University and worked with the Center for Connected Learning.