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Statistical Inference for Complex Networks Workshop, December 3-5, 2008, Santa Fe NM

Organizers: Aaron Clauset (SFI) and Cris Moore (UNM & SFI)

Nathan Eagle (homepage)

Mobile Phone Data: Insight into Behaviors and Societal Networks from around the World

With over 3 billion mobile phone subscribers today, detailed behavioral data are currently being generated and stored for almost half the population of Earth. I've been given access to de-identified data involving approximately 3% of the world's phone numbers -- including the majority of phone calls made (during a time window ranging from 1 month to 4 years) in the UK, Rwanda, and the Dominican Republic -- with data from Kenya and Bolivia on the way. In this talk I'll introduce these data and highlight some preliminary results from an exploratory analysis of the behavioral patterns from hundreds of millions of people including communication, travel, product adoption, airtime/money transfers, and self-report relationship data.