Dean Eckles


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Dean Eckles is the Mitsubishi Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan. He is affiliate faculty at the Institute for Data, Systems & Society in the Schwarzman College of Computing.

His substantive research examines people's interactions with and through communication technologies, especially the ways these technologies mediate, amplify, and direct social influence. This work sometimes requires or benefits from new analytical methods, so Eckles also works on applied statistics, design of field experiments, and causal inference.

Prior to joining MIT, he was a scientist at Facebook, where he worked on many product areas and analytical methods, including News Feed, messaging, advertising, tools for randomized experiments, and survey methods. Eckles previously worked in research at Nokia and Yahoo.

Eckles received his BA in philosophy, a BS and MS in cognitive science, an MS in statistics, and a PhD in communication, all from Stanford University.


Aral and Eckles win for a working paper

Eckles wins Amazon Research Award


"Asymmetric Social Influence from Personalized Social Cues."

Sean J. Taylor, Eytan Bakshy, Dean Eckles and Sinan K. Aral. In Proceedings of the INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA: November 2014.

"Auditory Priming for Upcoming Events."

Timothy Sohn, Leila Takayama, Dean Eckles and Rafael Ballagas. In CHI '09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, edited by Scott Hudson. New York, NY: April 2009.

"Bootstrap Thompson Sampling and Sequential Decision Problems in the Behavioral Sciences."

Eckles, Dean, and Maurits Kaptein. Sage Open Vol. 9, No. 2 (2019): 1-12. Download Paper.

"Bootstrapping Data Arrays of Arbitrary Order."

Owen, Art B. and Dean Eckles. The Annals of Applied Statistics Vol. 6, No. 3 (2012): 895-927.

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