robustness

Disentangling Effect Size Heterogeneity in Meta-analysis - A Latent Mixture Approach

An article co-authored by Nan Zhang, Mo Wang, and Heng Xu was recently accepted for publication at Psychological Methods. In the article, we leveraged the recent advances in theoretical machine...

Working Paper - Implications of Data Anonymization on the Statistical Evidence of Disparity

We posted on SSRN a working paper by Heng Xu and Nan Zhang, addressing the implications of data anonymization on the statistical evidence of disparity.

Working Paper - From Contextualizing to Context-Theorizing in Privacy Research

We posted on SSRN a working paper co-authored by Heng Xu and Nan Zhang, “From Contextualizing to Context-Theorizing: Assessing Context Effects in Privacy Research”.

Robustness in Social Media Studies

On Tuesday, February 4, Nan Zhang gave a talk on robustness in social media studies at DAISY 2020, a Workshop on Trans-disciplinary Data Science in the University of Florida. The...

Validity Concerns in Using Organic Data

An article co-authored by Heng Xu, Nan Zhang, and Le (Betty) Zhou was recently accepted for publication at the Journal of Management. In the article, we provide an overview of...

AMA Best Paper Award

Heng Xu and Nan Zhang recently received a Best Paper Award from the Consumer 360° Track of the 2019 American Marketing Association (AMA) Summer Academic Conference for paper “How Much Choice is Too Much? A Machine Learning Based Meta-Analysis of...

SIGMOD Research Highlight Award

Nan Zhang and coauthors (A. Asudeh, J. Augustine, A. Nazi, S. Thirumuruganathan, G. Das and D. Srivastava) recently received a Research Highlight Award from ACM SIGMOD for their paper “Efficient...

Postdoc Opening

The Robust Analytics Lab in the Kogod School of Business at the American University in Washington, D.C. is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill a postdoctoral fellow position. The initial term of this position is one year with the...

Theore - DARPA Project

We gratefully acknowledge the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for their support on our project “Theore: Theory-Driven Curation and Reusable Evaluation of Research Claims in social and behavioral studies”.

Panel on Methodological Advances for Research Using Organic Data @ SIOP 2019

Heng Xu and Nan Zhang participated as panelists in discussions of the recent methodological developments in research using organic data, a panel at SIOP 2019 organized by Professor Betty Zhou...

Presentation on “Privacy Disparity” @ Data & Society

Heng Xu and Nan Zhang visited Data & Society Research Institute in New York City and discussed how various privacy preserving techniques may disproportionately suppress information for minorities or mask...

Presentation on “Robust Data Analytics” @ AU Winter Academy Luncheon

Nan Zhang, co-director of the Robust Analytics Lab, gave a talk on robust data analytics at the American University’s inaugural Winter Academy Luncheon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, March...

Kogod Business Briefing: Robust Analytics

Nan Zhang, co-director of the Robust Analytics Lab, discussed the importance of ensuring robustness in the data analytics process in Kogod Business Briefing on February 13, 2019.

SIGMOD 2019 Paper: Compact Data Representation with Bounded Rank Regret

Selecting the best items in a dataset is a common task in data exploration. However, the concept of “best” lies in the eyes of the beholder - different users may...

AU Ed Talk: Data in the everyday

Heng Xu, co-director of the Robust Analytics Lab, will deliver one of the four AU Ed Talks in this year’s All American Weekend. Her talk, “Data in the Everyday”, will...

NSF Project: Robust Twitter Analytics

We gratefully acknowledge the National Science Foundation for their support on our project 1850605, “RR: Establishing and Boosting Confidence Levels for Empirical Research Using Twitter Data”.

Package for scheduling web requests with cache and throttling support

As part of our efforts for developing a toolset that enables robust analytics over social media such as Twitter, we published at Github the cached-throttled-req package under GPL-3.0 license. It...

National Academies Report on Open Data

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released a new report on “Open Science By Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research”, which introduces a framework of...

Talk on Reliable Research in Business Workshop

Heng Xu and Nan Zhang, Co-directors of Robust Analytics Lab, recently gave a joint talk titled “Open Data + Robust Workflow: Towards Reproducible Empirical Research on Organic Data” in the...