Here are slides from my CSAAW presentation before Thanksgiving. Information flow is a topic near and dear to my heart, and I liked the "heist" twist on the presentation. Someday, I'd like to come back to this presentation and add some polish.
How to plan a heist: Challenges, models, and tactics for researching information flow
By definition, all social systems involve information flow: complex stimuli that connect individuals and coordinate action. However, like executing a heist, measuring and making inferences about these flows is a difficult, thorny problem. This presentation will describe these challenges (hidden networks, subtle signals), introduce mathematical tools for analyzing them (Pearl's graphical causal models, Shannon's mutual information), and discuss tactics for moving forward (experiments, causal and behavioral aggregation, and action space mining). These principles may also be useful for breaking into banks, pilfering paintings, and conning mob bosses.