Mark Newman

Anatol Rapoport Distinguished University Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems
University of Michigan

External Faculty
Santa Fe Institute

Our group conducts research on the structure and function of networks, particularly social and information networks, which we study using a combination of empirical methods, analysis, and computer simulation. Among other things, we have investigated scientific coauthorship networks, citation networks, email networks, friendship networks, epidemiological contact networks, and animal social networks; we've studied fundamental network properties such as degree distributions, centrality measures, assortative mixing, vertex similarity, and community structure, and made analytic or computer models of disease propagation, friendship formation, the spread of computer viruses, the Internet, and network navigation.


Selected publications:

  1. The structure of scientific collaboration networks, M. E. J. Newman, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 98, 404-409 (2001).
  2. Random graphs with arbitrary degree distributions and their applications, M. E. J. Newman, S. H. Strogatz, and D. J. Watts, Phys. Rev. E 64, 026118 (2001).
  3. Assortative mixing in networks, M. E. J. Newman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 208701 (2002).
  4. The structure and function of complex networks, M. E. J. Newman, SIAM Review 45, 167-256 (2003).
  5. Modularity and community structure in networks, M. E. J. Newman, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 8577-8582 (2006).
  6. Hierarchical structure and the prediction of missing links in networks, A. Clauset, C. Moore, and M. E. J. Newman, Nature 453, 98–101 (2008).
  7. Power-law distributions in empirical data, Aaron Clauset, Cosma Rohilla Shalizi, and M. E. J. Newman, SIAM Review 51, 661-703 (2009).
  8. Graph spectra and the detectability of community structure in networks, Raj Rao Nadakuditi and M. E. J. Newman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 188701 (2012).
  9. Percolation on sparse networks, Brian Karrer, M. E. J. Newman, and Lenka Zdeborová, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 208702 (2014).
  10. Structure and inference in annotated networks, M. E. J. Newman and Aaron Clauset, Nature Communications 7, 11863 (2016).
  11. Aspirational pursuit of mates in online dating markets, Elizabeth E. Bruch and M. E. J. Newman, Science Advances 4, eaap9815 (2018).
  12. Network structure from rich but noisy data, M. E. J. Newman, Nature Physics 14, 542-545 (2018).
  13. Message passing on networks with loops, George T. Cantwell and M. E. J. Newman, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 116, 23398–23403 (2019).
  14. Efficient computation of rankings from pairwise comparisons, M. E. J. Newman, Journal of Machine Learning Research 24, 238 (2023).

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I am not the only professor called Mark Newman at the University of Michigan. I'm the physicist who works on networks. There is another Mark Newman in the UM School of Information who works on human-computer interaction.

Here are my contact details:

Department of Physics
University of Michigan
Randall Laboratory
450 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040

Phone: (734) 764-4437

Last modified: February 5, 2024

Mark Newman, Department of Physics, University of Michigan