Austin R. Benson
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Field Member of Applied Math
Cornell University

arb@cs.cornell.edu
413B Bill & Melinda Gates Hall
@austinbenson
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Broadly, my research focuses on developing numerical, computational, and algorithmic frameworks for analyzing complex data in an effort to better understand how the world is connected and how people make decisions.
[Curriculum Vitae]

My research is generously supported by the U.S. Army Research Office, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the National Science Foundation.


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Upcoming and recent presentations

Cornell classes
Expository material
  • SIAM ALA '18 tutorial on Tensor Eigenvectors and Stochastic Processes (with David Gleich).
    [web] [slides] [code]
Preprints
  • Augmented Sparsifiers for Generalized Hypergraph Cuts.
    Austin R. Benson, Jon Kleinberg, and Nate Veldt.
    arXiv:2007.08075, 2020.
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  • A simple bipartite graph projection model for clustering in networks.
    Austin R. Benson, Paul Liu, and Hao Yin.
    arXiv:2007.00761, 2020.
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  • Fair Clustering for Diverse and Experienced Groups.
    Ilya Amburg, Nate Veldt, and Austin R. Benson.
    arXiv:2006.05645, 2020.
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  • Nonlinear Higher-Order Label Spreading.
    Francesco Tudisco, Austin R. Benson, and Konstantin Prokopchik.
    arXiv:2006.04762, 2020.
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  • Expertise and Dynamics within Crowdsourced Musical Knowledge Curation: A Case Study of the Genius Platform.
    Derek Lim and Austin R. Benson.
    arXiv:2006.08108, 2020.
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  • Better Set Representations For Relational Reasoning.
    Qian Huang, Horace He, Abhay Singh, Yan Zhang, Ser-Nam Lim, and Austin R. Benson.
    arXiv:2003.04448, 2020.
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  • Entrywise convergence of iterative methods for eigenproblems.
    Vasileios Charisopoulos, Austin R. Benson, and Anil Damle.
    arXiv:2002.08491, 2020.
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  • Hypergraph Cuts with General Splitting Functions.
    Nate Veldt, Austin R. Benson, and Jon Kleinberg.
    arXiv:2001.02817, 2020.
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  • Incrementally Updated Spectral Embeddings.
    Vasileios Charisopoulos, Austin R. Benson, and Anil Damle.
    arXiv:1909.01188, 2019.
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  • Planted Hitting Set Recovery in Hypergraphs.
    Ilya Amburg, Jon Kleinberg, and Austin R. Benson.
    arXiv:1905.05839, 2019.
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Peer-reviewed papers
  • Choice Set Optimization Under Discrete Choice Models of Group Decisions.
    Kiran Tomlinson and Austin R. Benson.
    To appear at ICML, 2020.
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  • Residual Correlation in Graph Neural Network Regression.
    Junteng Jia and Austin R. Benson.
    To appear at KDD, 2020.
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    [(G)PyTorch implementation from Junwen Bai and Yucheng Lu.]

  • Minimizing Localized Ratio Cut Objectives in Hypergraphs.
    Nate Veldt, Austin R. Benson, and Jon Kleinberg.
    To appear at KDD, 2020.
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  • Neighborhood and PagRank methods for pairwise link prediction.
    Huda Nassar, Austin Benson, and David F. Gleich.
    Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM), 2020
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  • Network Interpolation.
    Thomas Reeves, Anil Damle, and Austin R. Benson.
    SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science (SIMODS), 2020.
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  • Measuring Directed Triadic Closure with Closure Coefficients.
    Hao Yin, Austin R. Benson, and Johan Ugander.
    Network Science, 2020.
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  • Random Walks on Simplicial Complexes and the normalized Hodge 1-Laplacian.
    Michael T. Schaub, Austin R. Benson, Paul Horn, Gabor Lippner, and Ali Jadbabaie.
    SIAM Review (SIREV), 2020.
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    [Editor's overview]

  • Clustering in graphs and hypergraphs with categorical edge labels.
    Ilya Amburg, Nate Veldt, and Austin R. Benson.
    Proceedings of The Web Conference (WWW), 2020.
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  • Frozen Binomials on the Web: Word Ordering and Langauge Conventions in Online Text.
    Katherine Van Koevering, Austin R. Benson, and Jon Kleinberg.
    Proceedings of The Web Conference (WWW), 2020.
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  • Using cliques with higher-order spectral embeddings improves graph visualizations.
    Huda Nassar, Caitlin Kennedy, Shweta Jain, Caitlin Kennedy, Austin R. Benson, and David F. Gleich.
    Proceedings of The Web Conference (WWW), 2020.
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  • Retrieving Top Weighted Triangles in Graphs.
    Raunak Kumar,* Paul Liu,* Moses Charikar, and Austin R. Benson. (*equal contribution).
    Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2020.
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  • Neural Jump Stochastic Differential Equations.
    Junteng Jia and Austin R. Benson.
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2019.
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  • Modeling and Analysis of Tagging Networks in Stack Exchange Communities.
    Shangdi Yu,* Xiang Fu,* and Austin R. Benson (*equal contribution).
    Journal of Complex Networks, 2019.
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  • Computing tensor Z-eigenvectors with dynamical systems.
    Austin R. Benson and David F. Gleich.
    SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (SIMAX), 2019.
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  • Unsupervised learning of dislocation motion.
    Darren C. Pagan, Thien Q. Phan, Jordan S. Weaver, Austin R. Benson, and Armand J. Beaudoin.
    Acta Materialia, 2019.
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  • Automated Grain Yield Behavior Classification.
    Darren C. Pagan, Jakob Kaminsky, Wesley A. Tayon, Kelly E. Nygren, Armand J. Beaudoin, and Austin R. Benson.
    The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (JOM), 2019.
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  • Pairwise Link Prediction.
    Huda Nassar, Austin R. Benson, and David F. Gleich.
    Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2019.
    Best Paper Award Runner-up.
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  • Graph-based Semi-Supervised & Active Learning for Edge Flows.
    Junteng Jia, Michael T. Schaub, Santiago Segarra, and Austin R. Benson.
    Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2019.
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  • Network Density of States.
    Kun Dong, Austin R. Benson, and David Bindel.
    Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2019.
    Best Paper Award.
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  • Three hypergraph eigenvector centralities.
    Austin R. Benson.
    SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science (SIMODS), 2019.
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  • Link Prediction in Networks with Core-Fringe Data.
    Austin R. Benson and Jon Kleinberg.
    Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2019.
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  • Choosing to grow a graph: Modeling network formation as discrete choice.
    Jan Overgoor, Austin R. Benson, and Johan Ugander.
    Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2019.
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  • Random Spatial Network Models with Core-Periphery Structure.
    Junteng Jia and Austin R. Benson.
    Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2019.
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  • Sampling Methods for Counting Temporal Motifs.
    Paul Liu, Austin R. Benson, and Moses Charikar.
    Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2019.
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  • The Local Closure Coefficient: A New Perspective On Network Clustering.
    Hao Yin, Austin R. Benson, and Jure Leskovec.
    Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2019.
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  • Simplicial closure and higher-order link prediction.
    Austin R. Benson, Rediet Abebe, Michael T. Schaub, Ali Jadbabaie, and Jon Kleinberg.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2018.
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  • Found Graph Data and Planted Vertex Covers.
    Austin R. Benson and Jon Kleinberg.
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2018.
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  • Sequences of Sets.
    Austin R. Benson, Ravi Kumar, and Andrew Tomkins.
    Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2018.
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  • Higher-order clustering in networks.
    Hao Yin, Austin R. Benson, and Jure Leskovec.
    Physical Review E (PRE), 2018.
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  • A Discrete Choice Model for Subset Selection.
    Austin R. Benson, Ravi Kumar, and Andrew Tomkins.
    Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2018.
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  • Local higher-order graph clustering.
    Hao Yin, Austin R. Benson, Jure Leskovec, and David F. Gleich.
    Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2017.
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  • Motifs in temporal networks.
    Ashwin Paranjape,* Austin R. Benson,* and Jure Leskovec. (*equal contribution)
    Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2017.
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  • The spacey random walk: a stochastic process for higher-order data.
    Austin R. Benson, David F. Gleich, and Lek-Heng Lim.
    SIAM Review (SIREV), 2017.
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  • Higher-order organization of complex networks.
    Austin R. Benson, David F. Gleich, and Jure Leskovec.
    Science, 2016.
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  • General tensor spectral co-clustering for higher-order data.
    Tao Wu, Austin R. Benson, and David F. Gleich.
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2016.
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  • On the relevance of irrelevant alternatives.
    Austin R. Benson, Ravi Kumar, and Andrew Tomkins.
    Proceedings of the International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW), 2016.
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  • Modeling user consumption sequences.
    Austin R. Benson, Ravi Kumar, and Andrew Tomkins.
    Proceedings of the International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW), 2016.
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  • Improving the numerical stability of fast matrix multiplication.
    Grey Ballard, Austin R. Benson, Alex Druinksy, Benjamin Lipshitz, and Oded Schwartz.
    SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (SIMAX), 2016.
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  • Tensor spectral clustering for partitioning higher-order network structures.
    Austin R. Benson, David F. Gleich, and Jure Leskovec.
    Proceedings of the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM), 2015.
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  • A framework for practical parallel fast matrix multiplication.
    Austin R. Benson and Grey Ballard.
    Proceedings of the ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP), 2015.
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  • Scalable methods for nonnegative matrix factorizations of near-separable tall-and-skinny matrices.
    Austin R. Benson, Jason D. Lee, Bartek Rajwa, and David F. Gleich.
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), 2014.
    Selected for spotlight presentation.
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  • Learning multifractal structure in large networks.
    Austin R. Benson, Carlos Riquelme, and Sven Schmit.
    Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2014.
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  • A parallel directional Fast Multipole Method.
    Austin R. Benson, Jack Poulson, Kenneth Tran, Björn Engquist, and Lexing Ying.
    SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC), 2014.
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  • Silent error detection in numerical time-stepping schemes.
    Austin R. Benson, Sven Schmit, and Robert Schreiber.
    International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (IJHPCA), 2014.
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  • Direct QR factorizations for tall-and-skinny matrices in MapReduce architectures.
    Austin R. Benson, David F. Gleich, and James Demmel.
    Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData), 2013.
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Theses
  • Tools for higher-order network analysis.
    Austin Reilley Benson.
    Stanford PhD thesis, 2017.
    Stanford ICME Gene Golub Doctoral Dissertation Award winner.
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