Alexander Petersen

  • Professor > Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests

quantitative sociology econophysics of market dynamics quantitative analysis of careers quantitative linguistics quantitative analysis of sports data data mining

Followers (2)

  • Veslava Osinska

    Veslava Osinska Nicolaus Copernicus University

  • Andrea Scharnhorst

    Andrea Scharnhorst Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences, Data Archiving and Networked Services (KNAW-DANS)

Following (1)

  • Andrea Scharnhorst

    Andrea Scharnhorst Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences, Data Archiving and Networked Services (KNAW-DANS)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scale-invariant properties of public-debt growth

Petersen A, Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Stanley H

EPL (Europhysics Letters) (2010)

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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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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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Quantitative relations between risk, return and firm size

Podobnik B, Horvatic D, Petersen A, Stanley H

Europhysics Letters (2009)

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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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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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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)