Advancing the frontiers of data science

Core Data Science (CDS) is a research and development team, working to improve Facebook’s products, infrastructure, and processes. We generate real-world impact through a combination of scientific rigor and methodological innovation. Our focus is on longer-term, foundational work that addresses new opportunities and challenges across the Facebook family of apps. The work we do enhances products that enable more than 1.5 billion people to communicate with each other, every day.

Core Data Science is interdisciplinary, with expertise in computer science, statistics, machine learning, economics, political science, operations research, and sociology, among many other fields. This diversity of perspectives enriches our research and expands the scope and scale of projects we can address. We deliver value through collaborative projects with other groups at Facebook and with the academic community. In addition, we build and open-source technical products aligned with our areas of expertise.

Engaging with the academic community is of key importance to our research group. We publish findings, host PhD students through our internship program, collaborate with professors and PhD students, and highlight open areas of interest through our request for research proposals.

Core Data Science researchers work from the Facebook offices in Menlo Park, New York, Washington D.C., London, and Tel Aviv.

Meet Our Team

About Economics, Computation, and Optimization

Economics, Computation and Operations brings together economists, computer scientists, and operations researchers to study problems in applied causal inference, optimization, stochastic models, and mechanism design. Examples include mechanism design for social good, strategic interaction in auction markets, the econometrics of large-scale randomized controlled trials, and the optimization of content review systems, among other topics. Our approach to solving these problems is informed by the principles of reasoning about behavior in equilibrium, computational efficiency, and empirical rigor.


Join our team

Our open culture and diverse teams of experts, along with our emphasis on academic collaboration and sharing model, deliver a unique chance to grow as a researcher and engineer while directly contributing new ideas and technologies that impact experiences of billions of people around the world.