Data Science

Gaining insights to deliver meaningful social interactions

Data scientists at Facebook conduct large-scale, global, quantitative research to gain deeper insights into how people interact with each other and the world around them.

Our findings directly inform decisions to improve people’s everyday experiences on Facebook, make it easier and more intuitive to use, and find ways to facilitate meaningful social interactions. Research efforts span a variety of disciplines, including computational social science, econometrics, operations research, market intelligence, survey science, and statistical computing. We employ a mixture of methods to accomplish our goals, including machine learning, field experiments, surveys, and information visualization. We also build scalable platforms for the collection, management, and analysis of data, and actively contribute our scientific findings to the academic research community.

For information about Core Data Science research at Facebook, visit the Core Data Science page.

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A Counterfactual Framework for Seller-Side A/B Testing on Marketplaces

Viet Ha-Thuc, Avishek Dutta, Ren Mao, Matthew Wood, Yunli Liu

ACM SIGIR - July 25, 2020

Open Source Evolutionary Structured Optimization

Jeremy Rapin, Pauline Bennet, Emmanuel Centeno, Daniel Haziza, Antoine Moreau, Olivier Teytaud

Evolutionary Computation Software Systems Workshop at ​GECCO - July 9, 2020

Adherence to suicide reporting guidelines by news shared on a social networking platform

Steven A. Sumner, Moira Burke, Farshad Kooti

PNAS - July 6, 2020

Predicting Remediations for Hardware Failures in Large-Scale Datacenters

Fred Lin, Antonio Davoli, Imran Akbar, Sukumar Kalmanje, Leandro Silva, John Stamford, Yanai Golany, Jim Piazza, Sriram Sankar

IEEE/IFIP DSN - June 29, 2020

Explore Data Science

 

Automatic Alt-Text (AAT) allows screen reader users the ability to understand the content of most images (hopefully all images soon!) in News Feed.

 

The reach of Facebook friendships across European cities.

 

Calculating three and a half degrees of separation.

 

Researchers explored the dynamic of jobs running in families. This network visualization shows how much more likely a child of a parent in one profession is to choose another profession vs. someone from the general population.

 

Example social network showing exposure to diverse information on Facebook

 

Visualization of popular Indian politicians and political organizations for each state and their fan following across states. Visualization inspired by mbostock’s hierarchical edge bundling.

 

Figure shows different cities in India and the most prominent emotion among the posts from that city as they celebrated Independence Day.

Core Data Science at Facebook

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Open Source Projects

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Social Connectedness Index

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Social Good Projects

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