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Scott A. Golder

Scott is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Cornell University, as well as a Data Scientist at Capital One Labs.

He was previously a data scientist and head of emerging products engineering at Context Relevant, a machine learning and cybersecurity company, where he remains an academic advisor.

Earlier he was a research scientist in the Social Computing Lab at HP Labs, a graduate student at the MIT Media Laboratory's Sociable Media Group, and an undergraduate at Harvard University, where he studied Linguistics and Computer Science. He has also been a research intern at Google, IBM and Microsoft.

His work has been published in the journal Science, the Annual Review of Sociology, as well as top computer science conferences by the ACM and IEEE, and has been covered in media outlets such as MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio.

He has also appeared on The Today Show for his work on the Harvard Dialect Survey, which was the basis for the most-visited New York Times article in 2013.

Scott is an occasional commentator on internet and society-related issues, having appeared on Huffington Post Live [clip 1 | clip 2] and Al Jazeera English. He has also been profiled by LiveScience's "ScienceLives"

Curriculum vitae (PDF)


[20 July 2015] In this interview at The Grown-up Geek, I got to talk about two of my favorite things, comedy and social science. We talked about how comedians like John Oliver, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are using the power of comedy to bring attention to socially-important issues.

[31 December 2014] I appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss Google Trends' 2014 top searches and what they say about the world.

[24 August 2014] A survey of social science work using social media data sources has just been published in the Annual Review of Sociology:
Scott A. Golder and Michael W. Macy (2014) Digital Footprints: Opportunities and Challenges for Online Social Research. Annual Review of Sociology. Vol. 40: 129-152.

Selected Publications

Scott A. Golder and Michael W. Macy (2014) Digital Footprints: Opportunities and Challenges for Online Social Research. Annual Review of Sociology. Vol. 40: 129-152.

Scott A. Golder and Michael W. Macy (2013) Social Media as a Research Environment. Introduction to special issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. 16(9).

Scott A. Golder and Michael W. Macy. (2011) Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Vary with Work, Sleep and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures. Science. 30 Sep 2011. [ main text (pdf) | supplementary materials (pdf) | extras (web) ]

Scott A. Golder and Sarita Yardi. (2010) Structural Predictors of Tie Formation in Twitter: Transitivity and Mutuality. IEEE Social Computing. [ pdf ]

Scott A. Golder, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo Huberman. (2007) Rhythms of Social Interaction: Messaging within a Massive Online Network. 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies. [ pdf ]

Scott A. Golder and Bernardo Huberman. (2006) Usage Patterns of Collaborative Tagging Systems. Journal of Information Science. 32(2). [ pdf ]

Full CV

Web and Software - What do people do all day? By collecting millions of messages from Twitter, we can explore in great detail exactly how people report spending their time. (a companion to Golder & Macy 2011)

Note: the live site at was decommissioned in December 2016 after five exciting years!

The Dialect Survey - a series of questions to explore words and sounds in the English language. A very early example of collecting social science data on the internet. (2002; in collaboration with Bert Vaux)

HP CloudPrint - a cloud-based, driverless, virtual printing service for printing from your mobile, which I invented while at HP. Now apparently defunct (I left HP in 2008), it got nice coverage in the New York Times. (2007)


Social Science with Social Media - This short essay (with Michael Macy) appeared in the ASA's newsletter, Footnotes, in January 2012. We describe how social science can use social media as a source of behavioral data.

Scaling Social Science with Hadoop - a blog post / essay written for Cloudera on computational social science. (2010)

Last updated: 22 December 2016