CMPLXSYS 251 - Computational Social Sciences
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Complex Systems (CMPLXSYS)
Department: LSA Complex Systems
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Requirements & Distribution:
SS, QR/1
Advisory Prerequisites:
One intro statistics course (for example, STATS 250 or its social science equivalent).
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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Due to the growth in electronic sources such as cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms, researchers now have enormous amounts of data about every aspect of our lives – from what we buy, to where we go, to who we know, to what we believe. This has led to a revolution in social science, as we are able to measure human behavior with precision largely thought impossible just a decade ago. Computational Social Science is an exciting and emerging field that sits at the intersection of computer science, statistics, and social science. This course provides a hands-on, non-technical introduction to the methods and ideas of Computational Social Science. We will discuss how new online data sources and the methods that are being used to analyze them can shed new light on old social science questions, and also ask brand new questions. We will also explore some of the ethical and privacy challenges of living in a world where big data and algorithmic decision-making have become more commonplace. Each week, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at analyzing big data from sources ranging from online dating profiles to New York City taxicabs to #metoo Tweets and other sources. Note that this course is a 4-credit course that includes a weekly, 2-hour lab component in addition to lecture and discussion.

Class Format:




CMPLXSYS 251 - Computational Social Sciences
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (LAB)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 12:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (LAB)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 2:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (LAB)
 In Person
F 2:00PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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