Life in the Network: The Coming Age of Computational Social Science

 

Wednesdays@NICO Seminar, Noon, December 02 2009, Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Prof. David Lazer, Harvard University

Abstract 

An increasing fraction of human interactions are digitally captured. These digital breadcrumbs, combined with substantial computational power, create enormous opportunities for ground breaking science. This talk will discuss what some of the potential opportunities are for developing an improved understanding of collective human behavior, as well the potential barriers to the emergence of a “computational social science.” In particular, the objective of this talk will be to spur discussion regarding how to bridge the gap between various methods for data mining and enhancing understanding of human behavior.