Category Archives: social science

Adapting Social Network Analysis to Age of Big Data

“Social networks,” reads a passage in the new book, Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples, “have been a defining feature of society since the early dawn of humanity – people have always interacted with each other or have made friends … Continue reading

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The Spectacular Success of Quantitative Social Science

In the final video of a 10-part series based on political scientist Gary King’s address to academics and policymakers last year on Capitol Hill, the head of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science asks the audience what university research has … Continue reading

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Learning the Real Reason for Chinese Censorship

In the past, explains political scientist Gary King, the way to study online censorship in China was to find someone who’s had their content taken down from the Web and talk to them about the experience. But China is a … Continue reading

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Archived Webinar: Social Science in the Age of Trump

Originally posted on Social Science Space on February 10, 2017 There are worrying signs, to be sure – attacks on climate science, bills to limit data collection, lapsing evidence-based policy outfits. Nonetheless, says the head of the Consortium of Social … Continue reading

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How the Social & Behavioral Sciences Get Funded in the US: an Infographic

This is an edited version of a blog post from Social Science Space that was reposted here with permission. Donald Trump’s victory of the White House along with Republicans holding onto control of both houses of Congress has left many … Continue reading

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Watching Chinese Citizens Get Around Censorship

One of political scientist Gary King’s interests is the study of censorship in China. This involves several moving parts, including how the central government can keep tabs on a population well over a billion strong, and how that same population … Continue reading

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On SAGE Insight: Special Issue: Representing social science in national-security-related modeling and simulation

Guest Editors: Paul K Davis , and Angela O’Mahony From The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation For some years, US defense officials have admonished the modeling and simulation (M&S) community to go beyond modeling military “kinetics” to address complex … Continue reading

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New Social Science Bites podcast: Michelle Baddeley on the Herd

Originally posted on Social Science Space, February 2017  Human beings are social animals, notes economist Michelle Baddeley, and as such the instinct to herd is hardwired into us. And so while this has changed from (in most cases) physically clumping … Continue reading

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Celebrating 40 years of Little Green Books

To celebrate 40 years of Little Green Books, we recently held our QASS 40th Anniversary Contest where we asked you to submit photos answering the question What have the little green books meant to you? We are thrilled to announce ours … Continue reading

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Big Data Much Better Than People at Determining Keywords

“Humans, I’m going to make the case, are horrible at picking keywords,” claims Gary King, the director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, during a talk last year on Capitol Hill. “… I’m going to convince you that you … Continue reading

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New Social Science Bites Podcast: Sandy Pentland on Social Physics

Originally appeared on Social Science Space, January 2017  For Alex “Sandy” Pentland, one of the best-known and widely cited computational social scientists in the world, these are halcyon days for his field.  One of the creators of the MIT Media Lab … Continue reading

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New Social Science Bites podcast: Jennifer Hochschild on Race in America

Originally appeared on Social Science Space, December 2016  Between a series of high-profile shootings of black men by police and the election of Donald Trump by a bifurcated electorate, the racial divide in the United States has achieved a renewed … Continue reading

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On SAGE Insight:  Special issue: Unfolding emergence and re-animating the causal flow

Guest editors: David Jaclin and Philippe Theophanidis From Social Science Information           This issue brings together various scholars, with various perspectives to experiment with the very possibility of emergence(s) in research itself. Authors were invited to make sense of the concept … Continue reading

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CASBS, SAGE Seek to Honor Academics or Researchers With Policy Successes

Every year the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and SAGE Publishing (the parent of Social Science Space) award someone who has made an outstanding contribution by using social and behavioral research to address or … Continue reading

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Archived Webinar: Fostering a Scientifically Informed Populace

Originally published on Social Science Space October 2016 How do we decide whether to vaccinate our children? Or eat genetically engineered foods? Accept human causes of climate change? Determine whether to take narcotics for pain? Know whether nuclear energy is … Continue reading

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