Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Statistics and Analytics (MS)

Degree Level



Statistics and Analytics


Qingyang Zhang

Committee Member

Giovanni Petris

Second Committee Member

Avishek Chakraborty

Third Committee Member

Mark Arnold


Pure sciences, Ba model, Cauchy distribution, Dirichlet, Large-citation network


Citation Networks of papers are vast networks that grow over time. The manner or the form a citation network grows is not entirely a random process, but a preferential attachment relationship; highly cited papers are more likely to be cited by newly published papers. The result is a network whose degree distribution follows a power law. This growth of citation network of papers will be modeled with a negative binomial regression coupled with logistic growth and/or Cauchy distribution curve. Then a Barabasi-Albert model, based on the negative binomial models, and a combination of the Dirichlet distribution and multinomial will be utilized to simulate a network that follows preferential attachments between newly added nodes and existing nodes.