Department of Sociology
145 Wallace Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
On leave 2015-16
Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute
111 8th Avenue #302
New York, NY 10011
Matthew Salganik is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and he is affiliated with several of Princeton's interdisciplinary research centers: the Office for Population Research, the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. His research interests include social networks and computational social science. During the 2015-16 academic year, he will be Visiting Professor at Cornell Tech.
Salganik's research has been published in journals such as Science, PNAS, Sociological Methodology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. His papers have won the Outstanding Article Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Outstanding Statistical Application Award from the American Statistical Association. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and New Yorker. Salganik's research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Google.
Updates from Matt:
- I will be on leave during the 2015-16 academic year during which time I will be at Cornell Tech. (September 2015).
- I have been awarded the Leo Goodman early career award from Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association. (August 2015).
- Congratulations to Dennis Feehan for successfully defending his dissertation: "Network Reporting Methods". (August 2015).
- My research about wiki surveys was featured in an article on the Princeton University homepage: Which is better: A) interviews or B) surveys? Choose C. (August 2015).
- My paper, "Wiki surveys: Open and quantifiable social data collection", co-authored with Karen Levy, has been published in PLoS ONE. You can download replication data and code from the OPR data archive. And, you can make your own wiki survey at www.allourideas.org. (May 2015).
- My paper, "Diagnostics for respondent-driven sampling", co-authored with Krista Gile and Lisa Johnston, has appeared in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. Ethical issues prevented us from releasing the data, but replication code is available. (May 2015).
- I'm teaching two classes this spring: Social Networks (undergraduate) and Advanced Data Analysis for the Social Science (graduate). (February 2015)
- Slides from my workshop on open and reproducible research are now available. (January 2015)
- My research about wiki surveys was featured in an article in MIT Technology Review: Inspired by Wikipedia, Social Scientists Create a Revolution in Online Surveys. (October 2014)
- An improved version of my working paper, "Wiki surveys: Open and quantifiable social data collection", co-authored with Karen Levy, has been just been posted to the arXiv. (October 2014)
- An improved version of my working paper, "Generalizing the Network Scale-Up Method: A New Estimator for the Size of Hidden Populations", co-authored with Dennis Feehan, has been just been posted to the arXiv. (September 2014)
- I am sad to be ending a wonderful year at Microsoft Research, New York, and I am excited to be returning to Princeton. (August 2014)
- My working paper, "Generalizing the Network Scale-Up Method: A New Estimator for the Size of Hidden Populations", co-authored with Dennis Feehan, has been just been posted to the arXiv. (May 2014)
- My paper, "Diagnostics for respondent-driven sampling", co-authored with Krista Gile and Lisa Johnston, is now in press at the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. (May 2014)
- My research about the roles of luck and skill in explaining success was featured in a story on National Public Radio. For more information about the underlying research, which was joint work with Peter Dodds and Duncan Watts, please visit this page. (Feb 2014)
- I will be on leave during the 2013-14 academic year during which time I will be at Microsoft Research New York City. (July 2013)
- I've been promoted: I am now Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. (July 2013)
- My new NIH R01 grant to support research on the network scale-up method has just been funded. (Sept 2012)
- A pre-print of my paper "Diagnostics for respondent-driven sampling", co-authored with Krista Gile and Lisa Johnston, has just been posted to the arXiv. (Sept 2012)
- My book Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age will be published by Princeton University Press. Look for it in
2014 soon. (May 2012)
- I've just posted a pre-print of a paper about wiki surveys, co-authored with Karen Levy: "Wiki surveys: Open and quantifiable social data collection". (Feb 2012)
- My commentary "Respondent-driven sampling in the real world" was just published in Epidemiology. It discusses the study of McCreesh et al. which I thought was interesting. (Feb 2012)
- Our project using All Our Ideas to help Wikipedia collect and prioritize ideas for fundraising banners has started and ended. In about two weeks more than 1,500 banner ideas were uploaded and more than 100,000 votes were cast. Some analysis and links to the raw data are available on the All Our Ideas blog. (Jan 2012)
- I've been awarded another Google Faculty Research Award to support All Our Ideas. (Dec 2011)
- Our paper "Assessing Network Scale-up Estimates for Groups Most at Risk of HIV/AIDS: Evidence From a Multiple-Method Study of Heavy Drug Users in Curitiba, Brazil" has been published in American Journal of Epidemiology. You can download data and code to reproduce and extend these results. Thank you to UNAIDS for enabling us to publish the article Open Access. (Nov 2011)
- I am on sabattical for academic year 2011-2012 thanks to a
Jonathan Dickinson Bicentennial Preceptorship from Princeton Unversity. (Sept 2011)
- Our paper "The Game of Contacts: Estimating the Social Visbility of Groups" is now in press at Social Networks. You can download data and code to reproduce and extend these results. (Dec 2010)
- Another grant from Google has arrived to support All Our Ideas. (Dec 2010)
- Our paper "Counting Hard-to-Count Populations: The Network Scale-up Method for Public Health" has appeared in Sexually Transmitted Infections. (Dec 2010)
- Our paper "Assessing respondent-driven sampling" has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (April 2010)
- Our paper "How Many People Do You Know?: Efficiently Estimating Personal Network Size" has appeared in Journal of the American Statistical Association. (Mar 2010)
- My new web-based research project, All Our Ideas, has launched. Using the power of the web, we are creating a data collection tool combines the quantification of a survey with the openness of an interview. You can read more about the project in this article or at the project blog. Finally, feel free to try it out. (Feb 2010)
- I've released all the data that were collected during my dissertation "Success and Failure in Cultural Markets" into the Office of Population Research data archive. This should allow others to replicate and, I hope, extend some of the findings. (July 2008)
- The Princeton Weekly Bulletin recently published a nice profile of my research. (June 2008)