Hamdan Azhar

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Hamdan Azhar
ResidenceNew York City
Alma materPennsylvania State University University of Michigan
OccupationData Scientist; Founding Member, Bitcoin Center

Hamdan Azhar is an American data scientist, journalist, and activist. He is a founding member of the Bitcoin Center,[1][2] a former data scientist at Facebook,[3][4][5] and a visiting professor of data science at the City University of New York.[6]

Azhar is best known for his work in emoji data science, or using emoji data to inform sentiment analysis of popular reaction to current events in politics, culture, and society.[7][8][9][10][11][12] He is also an inventor on Facebook's patent application for "Determining and utilizing contextual meaning of digital standardized image characters", published in June 2017, along with Thomas Dimson, Bogdan State, and Shankar Kalyanaraman.[13]

Early years[edit]

Hamdan Azhar was raised in an immigrant family in the Marine Park, Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn.[14] He attended the Bronx High School of Science,[15] earned his bachelor's in economics from Pennsylvania State University,[16] and his master's in biostatistics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.[17] From 2011-2012, Azhar was a research assistant at the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School.[18]


  1. ^ "Stockman Enters Legal Gray Area With Bitcoin Donations". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Yerevan hosts international bitcoin expert". Banks.AM. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ "🤔: As emojis become further embedded in our lives, how can journalists find the stories inside?". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Bitcoin expert Nick Spanos to visit Armenia". Public Radio of Armenia. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "How can user data be protected after the Cambridge Analytica scandal?". TRT World. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Faculty Page". City University of New York Graduate Commons. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Here Are the Most Popular Emojis From the #Brexit Reaction". Vice (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "A Data Scientist's Emoji Guide to Kanye West and Taylor Swift". Vice (magazine). Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ "The raised fist emoji is really getting a workout recently". Mashable. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  10. ^ "The Raised Fist Emoji Is Social Media's Resistance Symbol". Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Cómo el uso de ciertos emojis devela diferencias culturales". La Nación. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Emoticones: el lenguaje de las caritas que no para de crecer". El Día (La Plata). Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Determining and utilizing contextual meaning of digital standardized image characters". Google Patents. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Muslim in America". Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Looking back: One year after September 11th". Voices of NY. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Words Count". University of Michigan School of Public Health Findings. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Deciphering the Data Behind Emojis". University of Michigan School of Public Health Stories. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Lab Alumni Listing". Center for Decision Sciences Website. Retrieved 31 March 2018.