Scott Counts


I am a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, working in the area of applied behavioral science. I use internet scale data to understand how individual behaviors collectively drive social phenomena.

Current Application Areas

Public Policy  How can we better measure the 'will of the people' and predict policy change?
Representative paper:
Modeling Ideology and Predicting Policy Change: Case of Same-Sex Marriage (Zhang & Counts, 2015)


Behavioral Macroeconomics  How do individual economic behaviors give rise to macroeconomic forces?
Representative paper:
Quantifying the Effects of Online Bullishness on International Financial Markets (Mao, Counts & Bollen, 2015)


Health  How can we leverage modern data to model, predict, and prevent health issues?
Representative paper:
Major Life Changes and Behavioral Markers in Social Media: Case of Childbirth (De Choudhury, Counts & Horvitz, 2013)




Selected Recent Publications [Full Publication List]

Zhang, A. & Counts, S. (2015) Modeling Ideology and Predicting Policy Change: Case of Same-Sex Marriage. CHI '15. Best paper nominee

Mao, H., Counts, S., & Bollen, J. (2015) Quantifying the Effects of Online Bullishness on International Financial Markets. European Central Bank Statistics Papers Series.

Murnane, E. & Counts, S. (2014) Unraveling Abstinence and Relapse: Smoking Cessation Reflected in Social Media. CHI ’14.

Counts, S., De Choudhury, M., Diesner, J., Gilbert, E, Gonzalez, M., Keegan, B., Naaman, M., & Wallach, H. (2014) Computational Social Science: CSCW in the Social Media Era. CSCW EA '14.

De Choudhury, M., Counts, S., Horvitz, E, & Hoff, A. (2014) Characterizing and Predicting Postpartum Depression from Facebook Data. CSCW '14.

De Choudhury, M., Gamon, M., Counts, S., & Horvitz, E. (2013) Predicting Depression via Social Media. ICWSM '13.

De Choudhury, M., Counts, S., & Horvitz, E. (2013) Major Life Changes and Behavioral Markers in Social Media: Case of Childbirth. CSCW '13. Best paper nominee

Monroy-Hernandez, A., boyd, d., Kiciman, E., De Choudhury, M., & Counts, S. (2013) The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Modern Warfare. CSCW '13.

De Choudhury, M., Gamon, M., & Counts, S. (2012) Happy, Nervous, or Surprised? Classification of Human Affective States in Social Media. ICWSM '12.

Morris, M., Counts, S., Roseway, A., Hoff, A., & Schwarz, J. (2012) Tweeting Is Believing? Understanding Microblog Credibility Perceptions. CSCW '12. Best paper nominee

Fisher, K., Counts, S., & Kittur, A. (2012) Distribued Sensemaking: Improving Sensemaking by Leveraging the Efforts of Previous Users. CHI '12. Best paper nominee

Counts, S., & Fisher, K. (2011) Taking It All In? Visual Attention in Microblog Consumption. ICWSM '11.

Pal, A., & Counts, S. (2011) Identifying Topical Authorities in Microblogs. WSDM '11.




Contact:
Scott Counts
Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way,
Redmond, WA 98052
mylastname@microsoft.com