Is there any academic research going on regarding Stack Exchange?

I would be interested in helping, if someone is writing a paper.

  • There was definitely somebody writing a paper at some point, I remember them talking about it, but I don't know exactly what it was about Dec 10, 2010 at 21:35
  • I would love to have government money and academic recognition because I wanted it too.
    – jcolebrand
    Dec 10, 2010 at 21:37
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    There was actually a research paper or summat written about Stack Overflow that was posted here on Meta. I'll see if i can retrieve it. I remember that it partly discussed some aspects of motivation.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Dec 10, 2010 at 21:41
  • Thank you. I would love to get involved writing a paper on SE.
    – user10926
    Dec 10, 2010 at 21:47
  • Okay, I realize I'm late to the commenting party, but perhaps you were thinking of this answer by Aarobot, @GraceNote?
    – Pops
    Jul 13, 2012 at 20:06
  • @PopularDemand This question seems to be is about papers that are currently being written, but that one is about papers that are already finished.
    – Jeremy
    Jul 13, 2012 at 21:46
  • Hm, perhaps. All the "academic papers" questions seemed to be moving in the same direction, so I wanted to link them all together. The first half of this question could be interpreted either way. The second part suggests that you're right, but it's also the part that didn't age well.
    – Pops
    Jul 13, 2012 at 21:58

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Yes, Lena Mamykina (Human-Centered Computing at Columbia University) and Björn Hartmann (UC Berkeley) are conducting a study.

Papers have also been published:

  • Evolution of Two Sided Markets. Ravi Kumar, Yury Lifshits (Yahoo! Research), and Andrew Tomkins (Google). PDF.

  • Causal Discovery in Social Media Using Quasi-Experimental Designs. Hüseyin Oktay, Brian J. Taylor, David D. Jensen (Knowledge Discovery Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst). PDF.

Source: Stack Overflow blog post Academic Papers Using Stack Overflow Data.


I just did a literature research and collected actual research publications in a Mendeley bibliography on Stack Exchange. Feel free to contribute! We may also collect papers at this question.

  • Before publishing, please get the name right? (The Stack Exchange network sites often have a space in their name!)
    – Arjan
    Jul 13, 2012 at 14:58
  • Thanks for the correction, I'll add a space character!
    – Jakob
    Jul 13, 2012 at 20:00
  • Except that now the Mendeley name is StackE xchange :(
    – Matt Ball
    Jul 13, 2012 at 20:16
  • And it's a duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/134495/… (which I only discovered just now)
    – Jakob
    Jul 13, 2012 at 20:44

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