Sam Way

Research Scientist at Spotify

Contact: samfway (at)



The Unequal Impact of Parenthood in Academia Allison C. Morgan, Samuel F. Way, Michael J. D. Hoefer, Mirta Galesic, Daniel B. Larremore, and Aaron Clauset Science Advances, 2021
Towards Fairness in Practice: A Practitioner-Oriented Rubric for Evaluating Fair ML Toolkits Brianna Richardson, Jean Garcia-Gathright, Samuel F. Way, Jennifer Thom, and Henriette Cramer Proc. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2021
Local Trends in Global Music Streaming Samuel F. Way, Jean Garcia-Gathright, and Henriette Cramer Proc. Int'l Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), 2020
Productivity, prominence, and the effects of academic environment Samuel F. Way, Allison C. Morgan, Daniel B. Larremore, and Aaron Clauset PNAS 201817431, 2019
Environmental Changes and the Dynamics of Musical Identity Samuel F. Way, Santiago Gil, Ian Anderson, and Aaron Clauset Proc. Int'l Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), 2019
Prestige drives epistemic inequality in the diffusion of scientific ideas Allison C. Morgan, Dimitrios Economou, Samuel F. Way, and Aaron Clauset EPJ Data Science 7:40, 2018
Automatically assembling a full census of an academic field Allison C. Morgan, Samuel F. Way, and Aaron Clauset PLOS One 13(8): e0202223, 2018
Network assembly of scientific communities of varying size and specificity Daniel Citron and Samuel F. Way Journal of Informetrics 12.1: 181-190, 2018
The misleading narrative of the canonical faculty productivity trajectory Samuel F. Way, Allison C. Morgan, Aaron Clauset, and Daniel B. Larremore PNAS 114(44): E9216-E9223, 2017. Presented at ICWSM and IC2S2
Ablation as Targeted Perturbation to Rewire Communication Network of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Susumu Tao, Samuel F. Way, ... , and Hiroshi Ashikaga PLOS One 12(7): e0179459, 2017
Gender, Productivity, and Prestige in Computer Science Faculty Hiring Networks Samuel F. Way, Daniel B. Larremore, and Aaron Clauset Proc. 25th Int'l World Wide Web Conf. (WWW), 2016
Quantifying convergence in the sciences Sara Lumbreras, Penny Mealy, Christopher Verzijl, and Samuel F. Way Pensamiento: Revista de Investigación e Información filosófica, 2016
Synthesis aided design: The biological design-build-test engineering paradigm? Ryan T. Gill, Andrea L. Halweg-Edwards, Aaron Clauset, and Samuel F. Way Biotechnol. Bioeng., 113: 7–10, 2015
Assembling thefacebook: Using heterogeneity to understand online social network assembly Abigail Z. Jacobs, Samuel F. Way, Johan Ugander and Aaron Clauset Proc. 7th ACM Intl Conf. on Web Science (WebSci), 2015
Which is more important for classifying microbial communities: who's there or what they can do? Zhenjiang Xu, Daniel Malmer, Morgan Langille, Samuel F. Way, and Rob Knight ISME J. 8(12): 2357-9, 2014
RAIphy: Phylogenetic classification of metagenomics samples using iterative refinement of relative abundance index profiles Ozkan U. Nalbantoglu, Samuel F. Way, Steven H. Hinrichs, and Khalid Sayood BMC Bioinformatics 12:41, 2011
A grammar-based distance metric enables fast and accurate clustering of large sets of 16S sequences David J. Russell, Samuel F. Way, Andrew K. Benson, and Khalid Sayood BMC Bioinformatics 11:601, 2010

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06.04.20Visualizing Complex Science (Simply) at the Symposium for Data Science and Statistics 2020.

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About Me

I'm a Research Scientist at Spotify. I feel fortunate to get to work on lots of interesting and important questions. My current projects seek to create meaningful, lasting connections between listeners and creators by leveraging contextual information.

Non-academic things about me: I'm passionate about music, both playing and listening. Recently I've been listening more than playing, but in the past, I played in jazz ensembles and in bands ranging from blues and funk to reggae. I love everything about food: making it, discussing it, learning about it. I'm a huge basketball fan. I love the outdoors and exploring new places. I enjoy learning about design and how it affects human behavior, including my own. Last, and perhaps most importantly, I'm always on the lookout for ways to move items from the "non-academic list" to the "academic list" – let me know if you'd like to help!