Tobias Preis

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Tobias Preis
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Alma mater Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Known forIdentification of links between online behavior and real world economic events
Scientific career

Tobias Preis is Professor of Behavioral Science and Finance at Warwick Business School and a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He is a computational social scientist focussing on measuring and predicting human behavior with online data. At Warwick Business School he directs the Data Science Lab together with his colleague Suzy Moat. Preis holds visiting positions at Boston University and University College London. In 2011, he worked as a senior research fellow with H. Eugene Stanley at Boston University and with Dirk Helbing at ETH Zurich. In 2009, he was named a member of the Gutenberg Academy. In 2007, he founded Artemis Capital Asset Management GmbH, a proprietary trading firm which is based in Germany. He was awarded a Ph.D. in physics from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany.


Preis has quantified and modelled financial market fluctuations. [1] [2] In addition, he has made contributions to general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) in statistical physics [3] [4] and computational finance. [5]


In 2010, Preis headed a research team which provided evidence that search engine query data and stock market fluctuations are correlated. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] The team discovered a link between the number of Internet searches for company names and transaction volumes of the corresponding stocks on a weekly time scale. [11] In a TEDx talk, [12] Preis highlights the opportunities offered by studies of citizens' online behaviour to gain insights into socio and economic decision making.

In 2012, Preis used Google Trends data to demonstrate together with his colleagues Suzy Moat, H. Eugene Stanley and Steven R. Bishop that Internet users from countries with a higher per capita gross domestic product (GDP) are more likely to search for information about the future than information about the past. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports , suggest there may be a link between online behaviour and real-world economic indicators. [13] [14] [15] [16] Preis and colleagues examined Google search queries made by Internet users in 45 different countries in 2010 and calculated the ratio of the volume of searches for the coming year (2011) to the volume of searches for the previous year (2009), which they call the Future Orientation Index. A comparison of the Future Orientation Index to the per capita GDP of each country revealed a strong tendency for countries in which Google users enquire more about the future to exhibit a higher GDP. Preis and colleagues conclude from this study that a relationship potentially exists between the economic success of a country and the information-seeking behaviour of its citizens online. [13] [17] [18] [19] [20]

In 2013, Preis and his colleagues Moat and Stanley introduced a method to identify online precursors for stock market moves, using trading strategies based on search volume data provided by Google Trends. [21] Their analysis of Google search volume for 98 terms of varying financial relevance, published in Scientific Reports , [22] suggests that increases in search volume for financially relevant search terms tend to precede large losses in financial markets. [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] Similarly, in a study also published in Scientific Reports in 2013, [31] Moat, Preis and colleagues demonstrated a link between changes in the number of views of Wikipedia articles relating to financial topics and subsequent large stock market moves. [32]

In 2015, Preis and his colleague Moat designed and delivered a massive open online course (MOOC) on big data. The course focuses on measuring and predicting human behavior. [33]

Preis is an academic editor of PLoS ONE. [34]

See also


  1. Peer Teuwsen (August 15, 2011). "Es braucht ein neues Finanzsystem". Die Zeit . Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  2. Leonid Leiva (May 18, 2011). "Wie Finanzblasen platzen". Neue Zürcher Zeitung . Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  3. Block, Benjamin; Virnau, Peter; Preis, Tobias (2010). "Multi-GPU accelerated multi-spin Monte Carlo simulations of the 2D Ising model". Computer Physics Communications . 181 (9): 1549–1556. arXiv: 1007.3726 . Bibcode:2010CoPhC.181.1549B. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2010.05.005. S2CID   14828005.
  4. Preis, Tobias; Virnau, Peter; Paul, Wolfgang; Schneider, Johannes J. (2009). "GPU accelerated Monte Carlo simulation of the 2D and 3D Ising model". Journal of Computational Physics . 228 (12): 4468–4477. Bibcode:2009JCoPh.228.4468P. doi:10.1016/
  5. Preis, Tobias; Virnau, Peter; Paul, Wolfgang; Schneider, Johannes J. (2009). "Accelerated fluctuation analysis by graphic cards and complex pattern formation in financial markets". New Journal of Physics . 11 (9): 093024. Bibcode:2009NJPh...11i3024P. doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/11/9/093024 .
  6. Preis, Tobias; Reith, Daniel; Stanley, H. Eugene (2010). "Complex dynamics of our economic life on different scales: insights from search engine query data". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A . 368 (1933): 5707–5719. Bibcode:2010RSPTA.368.5707P. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2010.0284 . PMID   21078644.
  7. Kevin Voigt (November 15, 2010). "Google searches predict stock market moves". CNN . Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  8. John Bohannon (November 14, 2010). "Can Google Predict the Stock Market?". Science. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  9. Catherine Mayer (November 15, 2010). "Study: Are Google Searches Affecting the Stock Market?". Time Magazine . Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  10. Eva-Maria Magel (November 15, 2010). "Ökonophysiker untersucht Google". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  11. Yvonne Esterházy (August 29, 2012). "Handelsstrategie: Wer sucht, hat Angst". Wirtschaftswoche . Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  12. "TEDxZurich". October 4, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  13. 1 2 Tobias Preis, Helen Susannah Moat, H. Eugene Stanley and Steven R. Bishop (2012). "Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward". Scientific Reports . 2: 350. Bibcode:2012NatSR...2E.350P. doi:10.1038/srep00350. PMC   3320057 . PMID   22482034.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. Paul Marks (April 5, 2012). "Online searches for future linked to economic success". New Scientist . Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  15. Casey Johnston (April 6, 2012). "Google Trends reveals clues about the mentality of richer nations". Ars Technica . Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  16. Andrew Webster (April 6, 2012). "Wealthier countries are more interested in the future". The Verge . Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  17. Ami Sedghi (February 8, 2013). "Which countries are the most forward thinking? See it visualised". The Guardian . Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  18. Bernhard Warner (January 31, 2013). "What Google Searches About the Future Tell Us About the Present". Bloomberg Businessweek . Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  19. Caitlin Dewey (February 8, 2013). "Map: The world's most and least 'forward-looking' countries, based on Google searches". The Washington Post . Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  20. Alessandro Alviani (February 1, 2013). "Germania Felix: più ottimisti di noi". La Stampa . Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  21. Philip Ball (April 26, 2013). "Counting Google searches predicts market movements". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature.2013.12879. S2CID   167357427 . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  22. Tobias Preis, Helen Susannah Moat and H. Eugene Stanley (2013). "Quantifying Trading Behavior in Financial Markets Using Google Trends". Scientific Reports . 3: 1684. Bibcode:2013NatSR...3E1684P. doi:10.1038/srep01684. PMC   3635219 . PMID   23619126.
  23. Nick Bilton (April 26, 2013). "Google Search Terms Can Predict Stock Market, Study Finds". New York Times . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  24. Christopher Matthews (April 26, 2013). "Trouble With Your Investment Portfolio? Google It!". TIME Magazine . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  25. Philip Ball (April 26, 2013). "Counting Google searches predicts market movements". Nature . doi:10.1038/nature.2013.12879. S2CID   167357427 . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  26. Bernhard Warner (April 25, 2013). "'Big Data' Researchers Turn to Google to Beat the Markets". Bloomberg Businessweek . Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  27. Hamish McRae (April 28, 2013). "Hamish McRae: Need a valuable handle on investor sentiment? Google it" . The Independent . Archived from the original on 2022-06-21. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  28. Richard Waters (April 25, 2013). "Google search proves to be new word in stock market prediction". Financial Times . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  29. David Leinweber (April 26, 2013). "Big Data Gets Bigger: Now Google Trends Can Predict The Market". Forbes . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  30. Jason Palmer (April 25, 2013). "Google searches predict market moves". BBC . Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  31. Helen Susannah Moat, Chester Curme, Adam Avakian, Dror Y. Kenett, H. Eugene Stanley and Tobias Preis (2013). "Quantifying Wikipedia Usage Patterns Before Stock Market Moves". Scientific Reports . 3: 1801. Bibcode:2013NatSR...3E1801M. doi:10.1038/srep01801. PMC   3647164 .{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  32. "Wikipedia's crystal ball". Financial Times . May 10, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  33. Moat and Preis (2015). "Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour". FutureLearn . Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  34. "PLOS ONE Editorial Board" . Retrieved February 24, 2013.

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