Dr Taha Yasseri

 Dr Taha Yasseri

Taha Yasseri has interests in analysis of Big Data to understand human dynamics, government-society interactions, mass collaboration, and opinion dynamics.

Email: taha.yasseri@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287229

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Taha Yasseri graduated from the Department of Physics at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. He wrote his MSc thesis on "Localization in scale free complex networks" in the same department. He moved to the institute of theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen, where he completed his PhD on spontaneous pattern formation, working in the Complex Systems Physics research group. Prior to coming to the OII, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, working on the socio-physical aspects of the community of Wikipedia editors, focusing on conflict and editorial wars, along with Big Data analysis to understand human dynamics, language complexity, and popularity spread.

Research interests

big data, human dynamics, peer production, Wikis, online societies, conflict and cooperation, opinion formation, language complexity, collective behaviour

Positions held at the OII

  • Big Data Research Officer, November 2012 -

Research

Current projects

Past projects

Publications

Articles

Books

  • Yasseri, T. (2010) How to make nano-waves on solid surfaces. Saarbrücken, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, ISBN:978-3639292602.

Chapters

  • Yasseri, T., Spoerri, A., Graham, M. and Kertész, J. (2014) The most controversial topics in Wikipedia: A multilingual and geographical analysis. In: P.Fichman and N.Hara (eds) Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 25-48.
  • Margetts, H., Hale, S. A., and Yasseri, T. (2014) Big Data and Collective Action. In M.Graham and W.H.Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kree, R. and Yasseri, T. (2012) From Cascades to Patterns: A Monte Carlo Approach. Chapter 8 in D.Kanjilal (ed.) Nanofabrication by Ion-Beam Sputtering, Fundamentals and Applications. Pan Stanford Publishing 2012, pp. 225–257. DOI: 10.1201/b13726-9.

Conference papers

Presentations

Reports

Teaching

Courses taught at the OII

  • Online Social Networks

    An introduction to the analysis of online social networks, providing students with the tools necessary to undertake research on online networks, and to give an overview of the type of questions that these data can answer.

  • Social Research Methods and the Internet II: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.

News

  • How Big Data Will Change Our Lives and Our Understanding of Them

    16 May 2014 dataeconomy

    Taha Yasseri takes the optimistic view that Big Data techniques used in computation social sciences will create 'self-aware' societies in the future which will be better places to belong to.

  • The geeks who are directing Hollywood

    2 January 2014 Daily Telegraph

    In the run-up to the Oscar awards, Taha Yasseri and his work on a big data approach to predicting box-office success is featured in the Daily Telegraph.

  • Wikipedia Entries On Professors Mean Nothing, Study Finds

    8 November 2013 Huffington Post

    A study co-authored by Taha Yasseri reveals that Wikipedia is no more likely to cite prominent researchers than other, less influential sources.

  • Does Your Professor Have a Wikipedia Entry? Congrats! It Means Nothing

    7 November 2013 Daily Telegraph

    Just because an academic has a Wikipedia page doesn’t mean he or she is either productive or prolific in their field. In other words, according to a study co-authored by Taha Yasseri, it has no real significance.

  • Does Your Professor Have a Wikipedia Entry? Congrats! It Means Nothing

    7 November 2013 The Atlantic

    Just because an academic has a Wikipedia page doesn’t mean he or she is either productive or prolific in their field. In other words, according to a study co-authored by Taha Yasseri, it has no real significance.

  • First day 'is crucial for success of e-petitions'

    4 September 2013 BBC News, Politics

    Nearly all e-petitions are doomed to become 'digital dust' say Helen Margetts and colleagues whose work on 'Big Data and Collective Action' is featured in an in-depth article on BBC News online.

  • Predicting Blockbusters With Wikipedia, New Research May Predict If A Movie Will Flop Or Be A Hit

    24 August 2013 International Business Times

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data

  • Scientists devise model to predict success of films

    23 August 2013 Times of India

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Doing the math 'predicts' which movies will be box office hits

    22 August 2013 Oxford Internet Institute

    A mathematical model devised by OII researcher Taha Yasseri and his colleagues has proven to be very effective in predicting the box office success of newly-released films by using an analysis of Wikipedia activity.

  • Edit wars

    5 August 2013 The Economist

    The Economist Graphic Detail column highlights the work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues on Wikipedia’s so-called ‘edit wars’, the most contested subjects which Wikipedia’s editors edit or ‘revert’ the most.

  • Bei Wikipedia toben Kriege um kontroverse Artikel

    1 August 2013 Das Kulturradio

    'Wikipedia Wars rage around controversial articles.Berlin’s public radio interviews Taha Yasseri about the work that he has done on contested topics on Wikipedia

  • Wiki wars: The 10 most controversial Wikipedia pages

    24 July 2013 CNN

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues George Bush and anarchism are the most hotly contested in the English language edition.

  • Bush, Anarchism and Muhammad: The most fought-over Wikipedia articles revealed

    19 July 2013 The Independent

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues George Bush and anarchism are the most hotly contested in the English language edition.

  • George W. Bush, Gypsies, and Jesus: Wikipedia's most controversial articles

    19 July 2013 NBC News technology

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues using editor amendment s across 10 different language sites.  (also covered elsewhere)

  • Data Privacy: Time for better safeguards against data abuses?

    16 July 2013 Business Technology, Daily Telegraph

    Taha Yasseri comments on the issues of personal privacy raised by increasing data gathering

  • Topics that spark Wikipedia 'edit wars' revealed

    16 July 2013 BBC News Technology

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues. George Bush and anarchism are the most hotly contested in the English language edition.

  • Turning big data into big insights

    16 July 2013 Business Technology, Daily Telegraph

    An article about the implications of big data quotes Taha Yasseri who believes that as big data analysis develops into a science, professionals will have to consider the ethical issues in the same way as other disciplines.

  • Blockbuster-Prognose mit Wikipedia

    13 June 2013 Deutschlandfunk

    Forecasting Blockbuster with Wikipedia.  Taha Yasseri,the OII’s Big Data Research Officer interviewed on national German Radio about his work and how Wikipedia can be used to predict which films will become blockbusters.

  • Wikipedia’s most controversial pages include Jesus and George W. Bush

    5 June 2013 Toronto Star

    Work by Taha Yasseri and colleagues on 10 different language Wikipedia sites showed that Jesus was the one controversial subject, as measured by editor amendments that came across the board. Politics and religion still trigger the biggest arguments

  • Chile, el tema más controvertido de Wikipedia en espaňol

    3 June 2013 BBC Mundo

    The most controversial topics in Spanish Wikipedia, identified by Taha Yasseri and Mark Graham are highlighted on the BBC’s Spanish language web site.

  • Wikipedia 'Edit Wars': The most hotly contested topics

    3 June 2013 NBC News online

    Taha Yasseri says Wikipedia suffers from traditional features of human societies. People argue most on Wikipedia about religion and politics with variations on non-English language sites. Romanians for example argue most about musicians and art.

  • Wikipedians most likely to war over 'Israel,' 'God'

    3 June 2013 The Times of Israel

    Reporting Taha Yasseri’s work the Times of Israel notes that in Hebrew Wikipedia  the greatest divisions are mainly about religious sects and armed conflicts but across the languages ‘Israel ‘ and ‘Hitler’ are the most contested subjects.

  • The Most Controversial Article in all of English Wikipedia is George Bush’s

    31 May 2013 The Huffington Post

    The Huffington Post says that the study of controversial topics in Wikipedia by Taha Yasseri and Mark Graham contains some ‘incredible graphics’ several of which are displayed.

  • Wikipedia 'Edit Wars': The most hotly contested topics

    31 May 2013 Live Science

    Taha Yasseri says Wikipedia suffers from traditional features of human societies. People argue most on Wikipedia about religion and politics with variations on non-English language sites. Romanians for example argue most about musicians and art.

  • The Controversial Topics of Wikipedia

    30 May 2013 Wired Science Blog

    Wired magazine article sets out some of the findings of Taha Yasseri, mark Graham and colleagues’ work on contested subjects in Wikipedia.  The table of the most controversial articles in each language edition is featured.

  • Every Wikipedia flame war in 1 impressive map

    29 May 2013 The Daily Dot

    Online community newspaper The Daily Dot features the Wikipedia Conflict Map created by Taha Yasseri, Mark Graham and others which highlights areas of controversy among Wikipedia contributors and editors.

  • Wikipedia: Über Israel und Hitler streitet man überall

    28 May 2013 Zeit Online

    On Wikipedia people everywhere argue about Israel as well as Hitler. Die Zeit blog explores the discussions of contentious issues on Wikipedia drawing heavily on the research of Taha Yasseri and Mark Graham.

  • OPINIÓN: El acceso generalizado a internet, ¿es una meta alcanzable?

    17 May 2013 CNN Mexico

    Is widespread access to the Internet and achievable goal? Mark Graham’s work is referenced in the Spanish language site, noting the US, Canada and Europe account for 84 per cent of the articles in Wikipedia.

  • Gütesiegel für Wikipedia

    13 May 2013 Technology Review

    The German Technology site looks at how academics use Wikipedia in Germany and beyond. It refers to Mark Graham’s work, quoted in ‘The Atlantic’, suggesting that Wikipedia reflects the background of its editors and contributors.

  • Why Wikipedia’s Millionth Russian Page Is Worth Celebrating

    11 May 2013 Simulacrum

    An English language version of an article originally in Russian links to Mark Graham’s work on the origins of Wikipedia articles and notes that diasporas have an important role to play.

  • Succes før premieren

    22 February 2013 Weekendavisen

    On the eve of the Oscar ceremony, Danish paper Weekendavisen interviews Taha Yasseri whose work on Wikipedia can predict the success of films up to a month pre-release.

  • James Cannon, BBC Radio Oxford

    20 February 2013 BBC Radio Oxford

    Dr Taha Yasseri talks to BBC Oxford about how conflicting viewpoints that appear online can be resolved on a collaborative platform like Wikipedia.

  • Mathematical model 'describes' how online conflicts are resolved

    20 February 2013 University of Oxford

    Researchers have produced a mathematical model to describe how conflicting opinions are resolved over articles that appear on Wikipedia, the collaboratively-edited encyclopaedia.

  • Film Industry to Turn to Wikipedia for Predictive Analytics?

    12 November 2012 Datanami

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data

  • Wikipedia Can Forsee Box Office Success Ahead of Release, say Researchers

    11 November 2012 International Business Times (India)

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Can Wikipedia predict a box office hit?

    9 November 2012 Salon

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • How Wikipedia can spot a box office smash a month before it is released

    9 November 2012 Daily Mail

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Un modèle mathématique reposant sur Wikipédia pourrait prévoir les futurs films à succès au box-office

    9 November 2012 Huffington Post (France)

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Using Wikipedia to predict the box office of a movie

    9 November 2012 Forbes

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Wikipedia data 'can predict success of films'

    9 November 2012 The Telegraph

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Wikipedia Pages Predict Movie Success, Hungarian Scientists Claim

    9 November 2012 Huffington Post

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Wikipedia soll Erfolg von Filmen vorhersagen

    9 November 2012 Spiegel Online Kultur

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Wikipedia buzz predicts blockbuster movies' takings weeks before release

    8 November 2012 The Guardian

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Now Wikipedia used to predict movie box office revenues

    7 November 2012 MIT Technology Review

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Wikipedia data could be used to predict box office success

    7 November 2012 Wired UK

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data.

  • Can Wikipedia predict the future of box office hits?

    21 August 2012 Livescience.

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data

  • On the Frontlines of Wikipedia's 'Editorial Wars'

    12 July 2012 Open Science

    Three distinct developmental patterns for overall behaviour in 'editorial wars' in Wikipedia are defined in a paper by Taha Yasseri, and discussed in the open-science blog.

  • Can Wikipedia teach us about conflict resolution?

    25 June 2012 Science 2.0

    Part of the openness model of Wikipedia has led to 'edit wars' when anonymous 'editors' disagree with each other. Taha Yasseri's work examining this phenomenon features in Science 2.0.

  • Wikipedia Wars: Implications for Building Consensus

    24 June 2012 Decoded Science

    Blog comment on the work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues examining the behaviour of Wikipedia online editors.

  • Wikipedia: Studie analysiert die Löschkriege der Community

    24 June 2012 Gulli

    Discussion of the finding of the work of Taha Yasseri on so-called 'edit wars' in Wikipedia.

  • Las guerras de Wikipedia

    21 June 2012 BBC Mundo

    The work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues examining the behaviour of Wikipedia online editors features in the BBC World Science.

  • Wikipedia es una enciclopedia pacífica

    21 June 2012 Tendencias 21

    The work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues about online conflicts is featured under the headline 'Wikipedia is a peaceful encyclopaedia'.

  • Bush, Linux, Jesús y el anarquismo, los más conflictivos de la Wikipedia

    20 June 2012 Sinc

    Feature on the work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues about online conflicts.

  • Wikipedia is editorial warzone says study

    4 June 2012 NBC News

    The work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues about online conflicts is featured by NBC News.

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