The Golden Age of Social Science Has Begun

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The one thing that has held the social sciences back as compared to physics or chemistry is the lack of good data. The digital revolution has changed that, and social science will never be the same…

Carla Gentry CSPO‘s insight:

The data makes all the difference. Ganovetter’s study involved simply talking to people and asking them about their experiences. Now, we can simply tap into Twitter’s API and get an enormous, random sample. We can map out the social graph of the accounts in our sample, and study how information spreads, or fails to, within this structure. And network scientists weren’t waiting around for Twitter’s structured data to come along—Barabási and his peers were examining the linked structure of the web practically from the beginning of the web itself.

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