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Handbook of Computational Social Science, Volume 2
Data Science, Statistical Modelling, and Machine Learning Methods

ISBN 9781032077703
Published November 24, 2021 by Routledge
434 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Handbook of Computational Social Science is a comprehensive reference source for scholars across multiple disciplines. It outlines key debates in the field, showcasing novel statistical modeling and machine learning methods, and draws from specific case studies to demonstrate the opportunities and challenges in CSS approaches.

The Handbook is divided into two volumes written by outstanding, internationally renowned scholars in the field. This second volume focuses on foundations and advances in data science, statistical modeling, and machine learning. It covers a range of key issues, including the management of big data in terms of record linkage, streaming, and missing data. Machine learning, agent-based and statistical modeling, as well as data quality in relation to digital trace and textual data, as well as probability, non-probability, and crowdsourced samples represent further foci. The volume not only makes major contributions to the consolidation of this growing research field, but also encourages growth into new directions.

With its broad coverage of perspectives (theoretical, methodological, computational), international scope, and interdisciplinary approach, this important resource is integral reading for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers engaging with computational methods across the social sciences, as well as those within the scientific and engineering sectors.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction to the Handbook of Computational Social Science
  2. Uwe Engel, Anabel Quan-Haase, Sunny Xun Liu and Lars Lyberg

    Section I. Data in CSS: Collection, Management, and Cleaning

  3. A Brief History of APIs: Limitations and Opportunities for Online Research
  4. Jakob Jünger

  5. Application Programming Interfaces and Web Data For Social Research
  6. Dominic Nyhuis

  7. Web Data Mining: Collecting Textual Data from Web Pages Using R
  8. Stefan Bosse, Lena Dahlhaus and Uwe Engel

  9. Analyzing Data Streams for Social Scientists
  10. Lianne Ippel, Maurits Kaptein and Jeroen Vermunt

  11. Handling Missing Data in Large Data Bases
  12. Martin Spiess and Thomas Augustin

  13. Probabilistic Record Linkage in R
  14. Ted Enamorado

  15. Reproducibility and Principled Data Processing
  16. John McLevey, Pierson Browne and Tyler Crick

    Section II. Data Quality in CSS Research

  17. Applying a Total Error Framework for Digital Traces to Social Media Research
  18. Indira Sen, Fabian Flöck, Katrin Weller, Bernd Weiß and Claudia Wagner

  19. Crowdsourcing in Observational and Experimental Research
  20. Camilla Zallot, Gabriele Paolacci, Jesse Chandler and Itay Sisso

  21. Inference from Probability and Non-Probability Samples
  22. Rebecca Andridge and Richard Valliant

  23. Challenges of Online Non-Probability Surveys
  24. Jelke Bethlehem

    Section III. Statistical Modelling and Simulation

  25. Large-scale Agent-based Simulation and Crowd Sensing with Mobile Agents
  26. Stefan Bosse

  27. Agent-based Modelling for Cultural Networks: Tagging by Artificial Intelligent Cultural Agents
  28. Fernando Sancho-Caparrini and Juan Luis Suárez

  29. Using Subgroup Discovery and Latent Growth Curve Modeling to Identify Unusual Developmental Trajectories
  30. Axel Mayer, Christoph Kiefer, Benedikt Langenberg and Florian Lemmerich

  31. Disaggregation via Gaussian Regression for Robust Analysis of Heterogeneous Data
  32. Nazanin Alipourfard, Keith Burghardt and Kristina Lerman

    Section IV: Machine Learning Methods

  33. Machine Learning Methods for Computational Social Science
  34. Richard D. De Veaux and Adam Eck

  35. Principal Component Analysis
  36. Andreas Pöge and Jost Reinecke

  37. Unsupervised Methods: Clustering Methods
  38. Johann Bacher, Andreas Pöge and Knut Wenzig

  39. Text Mining and Topic Modeling
  40. Raphael H. Heiberger and Sebastian Munoz-Najar Galvez

  41. From Frequency Counts to Contextualized Word Embeddings: The Saussurean Turn in Automatic Content Analysis
  42. Gregor Wiedemann and Cornelia Fedtke

  43. Automated Video Analysis for Social Science Research

         Dominic Nyhuis, Tobias Ringwald, Oliver Rittmann, Thomas Gschwend and Rainer Stiefelhagen

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Uwe Engel is Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany, where he held a chair in sociology from 2000 to 2020. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Engel coordinated the Priority Programme on “Survey Methodology” of the German Research Foundation. His current research focuses on data science, human-robot interaction, and opinion dynamics.

Anabel Quan-Haase is Professor of Sociology and Information and Media Studies at Western University and Director of the SocioDigital Media Lab, London, Canada. Her research interests include social media, social networks, life course, social capital, computational social science, and digital inequality/inclusion.

Sunny Xun Liu is a research scientist at Stanford Social Media Lab, USA. Her research focuses on the social and psychological effects of social media and AI, social media and well-being, and how the design of social robots impact psychological perceptions.

Lars Lyberg was Head of the Research and Development Department at Statistics Sweden and Professor at Stockholm University. He was an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. In 2018, he received the AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.