Social and Decision Analytics

Joshua Goldstein

  • Research Assistant Professor
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Bio

Bio

Josh Goldstein is a Research Assistant Professor at the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative of UVA. He received his PhD in statistics from Penn State in 2015. His research includes spatial and predictive modeling, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, and generating synthetic populations. The population scale and dynamics of his research varies from the cellular level (respiratory syncytial virus infections) to country-wide populations in Africa (rotavirus infections in Africa) to county-level data in the U.S. (epidemics and invasive species).

Full CV

    • Spatial Point Processes 
    • Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods
    • Synthetic Populations
  • Ph.D. in Statistics, Penn State University

    B.S. in Physics and Math, Lafayette College

Projects
We are assessing the ability for researchers to access, evaluate the quality of, and integrate Department of Defense data to support decision-making related to the military population and to expand the types of questions the data might inform —in particular, the study of important recurring issues to the military, such as attrition.
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National Well-being
Through modern data science techniques, we are uncovering the social characteristics of individual and unit performance that drives Soldiers to successfully meet the challenges of rapid technological change they may need to address in future wars. We are recategorizing these data in a social context to capture Army values and Warrior Ethos, such as courage, honor, loyalty, and empathy.
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National Well-being
Working with the USDA’s Economic Research Service, our researchers are exploring the effects of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) broadband programs on rural broadband availability, use, household income and property values, allowing policymakers to better understand the efficacy of their funding initiatives.
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Community Well-being
We worked closely with Fairfax County Government and Economic Development Authority in developing research questions, identifying relevant data sources, and conducting our analyses.  Our collaboration helps county officials consider the equity of all residents in creating new programs and policies for employment support, housing, and transportation.
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Community Well-being
Selected Publications
Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing | Social and Decision Analytics
Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM), 10(1):5.: (2020) Korkmaz G, Kuhlman CJ, Goldstein J, Vega-Redondo F.
Social and Decision Analytics
MethodSpace. SAGE Publishing., (2020) Savchyn K, McDonald S, Sawney R, Pristavec T, Goldstein J.
Social and Decision Analytics
MethodSpace. SAGE Publishing., (2020) Neville Q, Cong C, Tobin E, Halewicz V, Pristavec T, Kramer B, Goldstein J.
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Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1894): 2018-2294: (2019) Goldstein J, Park J, Haran M, Liebhold A, Bjørnstad ON.
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The American Statistician, doi: 10.1080/00031305.2019.1695664: (2019) Arnsbarger M, Goldstein J, Kelling C, Korkmaz G, Keller S.
Social and Decision Analytics
Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining (ASONAM) , pp. 409-412. : (2018) Korkmaz G, Kuhlman CJ, Goldstein J, Vega-Redondo F.