Haewoon Kwak

Game Analytics / Data Journalism / Computational Social Science


Recent updates in my professional life.

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Press coverage

Our paper on the end of one MMORPG's beta test is featured in New Scientist, Daily Mail, IFL Science, PC Gamer, Massively OP, 4Gamers Taiwan, El Confidencial, Joongang Ilbo, and so on.

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Two papers in WWW'17 GSIE Track

Two papers (Here and here) on online games will be presented in WWW'17 Games, Simulations and Immersive Environments Track

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One paper + one workshop paper in ICWSM'17

Our studies on media attention will be presented in ICWSM'17.

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2016 Most Influential Scholars (Web & IR, 22nd Rank, who are the most cited scholars in all WWW and SIGIR conferences) according to AMiner

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Press coverage

Our work on sentiment of news headlines is featured in Engadget

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Press coverage

Our work on cyberbullying in League of Legends is covered in Nature News!

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WWW'16 Social Network and Graph Analysis Track Chair

I'll chair the “Social Networks and Graph Analysis" research paper track for WWW'16.

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4,000+/8,000+ Citations

Our "What is Twitter, a social network or a news media? (WWW'10)" has been cited > 4,000+ times, and my total citations are 8,000+.

Online social networks and social media

How are they changing people's lives?

Structures and dynamics of every system, from an online social networking service to a football team, interact with each other. Retweets in Twitter go along with follow relationship and those lead to an act of following to the original author. Similarly, positions of football players and passes between them are strongly related. Network science is an interdisciplinary research field to examine underlying structures, dynamics therein, and relationship between two.

Game analytics

A real world in miniature

Online game players interact with each other in various ways, as they do in the real world. More importantly, in-game actions could be easily quantified and logged in detail. The huge volume of behavioral data collected from online games helps researchers study human nature in an unprecedented scale.

Computational journalism

Is the world flat? -- We are finding answers from global news media

We are strongly relying on local news media to obtain information on foreign countries even in the era of social media. Which countries are more frequently reported than others? Which countries are more positively reported than others? Such patterns unconsciously shape our worldview. With large-scale databases from online news sites, what events are chosen and how they are reported can be quantitatively measured.


Thanks to my great collaborators!!

  • Jisun
  • Jeremy
  • Jim
  • Fabricio
  • Sue
  • Mia
  • YY
  • Julio
  • Huy Kang
  • Ah Reum
  • Johnnatan
  • Kunwoo
  • Kuan-Ta
  • Fox
  • Sarah
  • Chong-U
  • Sercan
  • Ali
  • Pablo
  • Yelena
  • Sofiane
  • Javier
  • Seongyeop
  • Ilias
  • Antonio
  • Rade
  • David
  • Dina
  • Laszlo
  • Pablo
  • Jonggun
  • Noshir
  • Wonjae
  • Hawoong
  • Pedro
  • Raquel
  • Young-Ho
  • Hosung
  • Changhyun
  • Hyunwoo
  • Xavier
  • Nuria
  • Daniel
  • Jong-Il
  • Hwa-Yong
  • Yacine
  • Sonia
  • Soon
  • Lene
  • Joni

Conference/Journal Papers


Ph.d. Thesis

Book Chapters


  • Systems and method for extracting users of similar interests between various types of web servers

    Suebok Moon, Haewoon Kwak, Hwayong Shin, and Jongil Yoon
    (US 8,423,542 B2, April 2013)
  • 다종 웹 서버 간 유사 사용자 추출 시스템 및 그 방법

    문수복, 곽해운, 신화용, 윤종일 (공개 번호: 10, 2010, 0106831)


See 'Publications' for paper presentations at conferences

  • From a Ph.D. student to a research scientist: What I've learned from two international research labs

    Invited talk at KAIST CS workshop on international networking workshop, 30th June 2014.
  • Understanding toxic behavior in online games

    Invited talk at COOL2014 workshop collocated with WWW'14, 8th April 2014.
  • Everything is quantifiable: Rich data sources beyond Twitter

    Invited talk at KAIST GSCT lecture, 3rd April 2014.
  • Understanding toxic behavior in online games

    Invited talk at KAIST GSCT lecture, 11th December 2013.
  • Understanding toxic behavior in online games

    Job talk at QCRI, November 3rd 2013.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative explanation of Twitter unfollow behavior

    Social networks and future Internet workshop, 26th June 2011.
  • Directionality in online relationships: How different is Twitter?

    Visiting ISI Foundation, 22nd June 2011.
  • Directionality in online relationships: How different is Twitter?

    Job talk at Telefonica Research, 16th June 2011.
  • What is Twitter, a social network or a news media?

    서울대학교 언론정보연구소 언론정보연구 48권 1호 특집 세미나 [트위터란 무엇인가: 다학제적 접근], 15th April, 2011.
  • How to read and write a paper from my experience

    The 2nd AsiaFI school on architecture and building blocks program, 27th August 2009.
  • Comparison of online social relations in terms of volume vs. interaction: a case study of Cyworld

    제 3회 복잡계 컨퍼런스, 29th November 2008.
  • A study on online user behaviors and their implications

    Visiting MPI-SWS, 17th October 2008.
  • Constructing an interest network over web services

    CASFI Summer workshop, 23rd Jun 2008.


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