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Texts in Computer Science

Introduction to Computational Social Science

Principles and Applications

Authors: Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

  • <p>Introduces the key concepts in computational social science, providing formal definitions and a glossary</p>
  • <p>Describes the scope of each sub-field, covering topics on information extraction, social networks, complexity theory and social simulations</p>
  • <p>Discusses such methodological tools as extracting entities from text, computing social network indices and building an agent-based model</p>
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About this Textbook

This reader-friendly textbook is the first work of its kind to provide a unified Introduction to Computational Social Science (CSS). Four distinct methodological approaches are examined in detail, namely automated social information extraction, social network analysis, social complexity theory and social simulation modeling. The coverage of these approaches is supported by a discussion of the historical context, as well as by a list of texts for further reading. Features: highlights the main theories of the CSS paradigm as causal explanatory frameworks that shed new light on the nature of human and social dynamics; explains how to distinguish and analyze the different levels of analysis of social complexity using computational approaches; discusses a number of methodological tools; presents the main classes of entities, objects and relations common to the computational analysis of social complexity; examines the interdisciplinary integration of knowledge in the context of social phenomena.

About the authors

Dr. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla is Professor of Computational Social Science, founding and former Chair of the Department of Computational Social Science and founding and current Director of the Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University, VA, USA.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This 300 pages book a very good introduction to CSS, as it covers all relevant aspects that are fundamental to start a CSS research. … the book could be used for teaching methodological aspects of modeling in the social sciences … . Claudio-Cioffi’s book is a must read for any beginner of CSS. … It is a great synthesis of the main achievements in this field that could be fruitfully adopted by anyone teaching CSS as an introductory guide.” (František Kalvas, jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk, February, 2015)

“It is a nice introduction for beginners to grasp the fundamentals of CSS. … This well-organized book provides a timely and comprehensive systematic introduction to CSS. The chapters are relatively independent. … Although this book is intended as a CSS textbook for graduate students … anyone who is interested in the fundamentals of CSS would benefit from reading it.” (Chenyi Hu, Computing Reviews, August, 2014)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

    Pages 1-21

  • Computation and Social Science

    Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

    Pages 23-66

  • Automated Information Extraction

    Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

    Pages 67-88

  • Social Networks

    Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

    Pages 89-117

  • Social Complexity I: Origins and Measurement

    Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

    Pages 119-144

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-5661-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-5660-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to Computational Social Science
Book Subtitle
Principles and Applications
Authors
Series Title
Texts in Computer Science
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-5661-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-5661-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5660-4
Series ISSN
1868-0941
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 320
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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