I'm a professor in (and, as of July 2016, chair of)
the Department of
Computer Science at Carleton
College. My interests are focused on computational social
sciences, particularly the structure and evolution of social networks
and computational modeling of spoken-word recognition. I'm also
generally interested in the application of theoretical computer
science to problems in a variety of other areas, within and beyond
computer science; I've worked on problems in computational biology,
complexity of games, and peer-to-peer systems.
Other interests, just because:
crossword puzzles (solving and writing),
Eddie From Ohio,
the Magnetic Fields,
someone who's learned a few of my tricks),
web pages that look like they were built in 1996.
preliminary first (!) edition of my textbook for computer science students learning discrete math,
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science (Wiley),
is now available!
As of July 1, 2016, you can redirect any
department-chair–related questions to me. Especially if
you're an incoming first-year student, please feel free to get in
touch over the summer!
Fall 2018 Teaching:
- CS 252 (Algorithms), 2a.
- Fall 2018 office hours: Mondays 2:00pm–3:00pm; Wednesdays 11:00am–12:00pm; and Thursdays 3:00pm–4:00pm.
- Previous courses.
- Recent papers:
Justin Cheng, Jon Kleinberg, Jure Leskovec, David Liben-Nowell, Bogdan State, Karthik Subbian, Lada Adamic.
Do Diffusion Protocols Govern Cascade Growth? ICWSM 2018.
Julia Strand, David Liben-Nowell.
Making Long-Distance Relationships Work: Quantifying Lexical Competition with Hidden Markov Models. J. Memory and Language, 2016.
- Complete list of publications by topic or by year.
- Current program committees:
- Recent program committees:
ICWSM'18 (senior PC).
Letters of Recommendation:
If you'd like me to write a letter of recommendation for you,
please read and follow these
- Q: Hey you! What should I call you?
A: "David" will do quite nicely, thank you very much. "Dave"
is a perfectly fine name, but Dave ain't me. (Thanks to Charles
Leiserson for the FAQ idea.)
- Q: Hey you! I'd rather call you Professor/Doctor
Liben-Nowell. How is that pronounced?
A: It's pronounced many different ways, but the correct one
rhymes with "ribbon towel."
Department of Computer Science
One North College St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Voice: +1 507 222 4679|
Fax: +1 507 222 4312
Email: "dln" concatenated with "@carleton" and then ".edu".
(For personal email, please use "dlib" concatenated with "ennowell@" and then "gmail.com".)
Last updated: 5 July 2018.