Computational Social Science

WILEY Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 259-271, May/June 2010

13 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2010

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Claudio Cioffi-Revilla

George Mason University - Center for Social Complexity; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Mathematical Society; Society for Political Methodology

Date Written: November 12, 2010

Abstract

The social sciences investigate human and social dynamics and organization at all levels of analysis (consilience), including cognition, decision making, behavior, groups, organizations, societies, and the world system. Computational social science is the integrated, interdisciplinary pursuit of social inquiry with emphasis on information processing and through the medium of advanced computation. Themain computational social science areas are automated information extraction systems, social network analysis, social geographic information systems (GIS), complexity modeling, and social simulation models. Just like Galileo exploited the telescope as the key instrument for observing and gaining a deeper and empirically truthful understanding of the physical universe, computational social scientists are learning to exploit the advanced and increasingly powerful instruments of computation to see beyond the visible spectrum of more traditional disciplinary analyses.

Keywords: computational social science, agent-based modeling, social network analysis, social computing, social complexity, automated information extraction, text and data mining

JEL Classification: C63

Suggested Citation

Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio, Computational Social Science (November 12, 2010). WILEY Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 259-271, May/June 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1708051 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1708051

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (Contact Author)

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