Alexander Petersen

Assistant Professor

IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies

City
Lucca, Italy
Discipline
Physics
Interests
quantitative sociology, econophysics of market dynamics, quantitative analysis of careers, quantitative linguistics, quantitative analysis of sports data, data mining
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About

I received my Ph. D. in Physics from Boston University in May 2011 (Advisor: H. Eugene Stanley). I am currently an Asst. professor at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca in the Department of Economics and Institutional Change. My curricula and research have focused on the analysis of stochastic phenomena in the social and economic sciences using concepts and methods from statistical physics. I perform high-frequency analysis of Trades and Quotes (TAQ) financial data, and analyze measures for longevity, success, and productivity in science and professional sports. Using methods from statistical mechanics, I search for statistical regularities which can be used to better understand patterns in the growth of individual careers.
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Publications

  • Statistical Laws Governing Fluctuations in Word Use from Word Birth to Word Death

    Petersen A, Tenenbaum J, Havlin S, Stanley H

    Arxiv preprint arXiv11073707 (2011)

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  • Statistical regularities in the rank-citation profile of scientists

    Petersen A, Stanley H, Succi S

    Scientific Reports (2011)

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  • On the Role of Zealotry in the Voter Model

    Mobilia M, Petersen A, Redner S

    Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (2007)

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  • On the distribution of career longevity and the evolution of home-run prowess in professional baseball

    Petersen A, Jung W, Eugene Stanley H

    EPL (Europhysics Letters) (2008)

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  • Quantitative relations between risk, return and firm size

    Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Petersen A, Stanley H

    Europhysics Letters (2009)

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  • Common scaling behavior in finance and macroeconomics

    Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Petersen A, Njavro M, Stanley H

    The European Physical Journal B (2009)

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  • Quantitative law describing market dynamics before and after interest-rate change

    Petersen A, Wang F, Havlin S, Stanley H

    Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics (2010)

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  • Methods for measuring the citations and productivity of scientists across time and discipline

    Petersen A, Wang F, Stanley H

    Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics (2010)

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  • Scale-invariant properties of public-debt growth

    Petersen A, Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Stanley H

    EPL (Europhysics Letters) (2010)

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  • Methods for detrending success metrics to account for inflationary and deflationary factors*

    Petersen A, Penner O, Stanley H

    The European Physical Journal B (2010)

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  • Market dynamics immediately before and after financial shocks: Quantifying the Omori, productivity, and Bath laws

    Petersen A, Wang F, Havlin S, Stanley H

    Physical Review E (2010)

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  • Cross-correlations between volume change and price change.

    Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Petersen A, Stanley H

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2009)

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  • Bankruptcy risk model and empirical tests.

    Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Petersen A, Urosevic B, Stanley H

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2010)

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  • Quantitative and empirical demonstration of the Matthew effect in a study of career longevity.

    Petersen A, Jung W, Yang J, Stanley H

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2011)

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Professional experience

Assistant Professor

IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies

June 2011 - Present

Education history

Boston Univeristy

Ph. D.

August 2004 - March 2011 (6 years 7 months)

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah

B.Sc.

May 2001 - May 2003 (2 years)

Mathematics Dept., University of Utah

B.Sc.

May 2001 - May 2003 (2 years)