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The purpose of this reading group instance is to understand more about how data science techniques are being applied in social sciences. What are the kinds of problems being addressed, the questions being asked, and the nature of data and analyses being brought to bear? We want to get an overview of this domain, so that we can then begin to look around campus for specific examples of these kinds of applications. We hope to understand who is doing this, what challenges they face, and what unmet needs they have that we may be able to help with. 

Readings:

Data Science is a pipeline between academic disciplines

Example projects overview from Penn State  Big Data Social Science group

Big Data for Development: Challenges & Opportunities (UN Global Pulse Report)

Law and order: How big data is professionalising the legal sector

 

Additional resources:

Info on Data Sources:

 

Tools and techniques:

 

Additional readings if folks are interested:

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