A statistical framework for modeling and prediction of binary matrices is presented. The method is applied to social network analysis, specifically the database of US Supreme Court rulings. It is shown that the ruling behavior of Supreme Court judges can be accurately modeled by using a small number of latent features whose values evolve with time. The learned model facilitates the discovery of inter-relationships between judges and of the gradual evolution of their stances over time. In addition, the analysis in this paper extends previous results by considering automatic estimation of the number of latent features and other model parameters, based on a nonparametric-Bayesian approach. Inference is efficiently performed using Gibbs sampling. © 2011 IEEE.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Aug 18 2011|