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Texts in Computer Science

Introduction to Computational Social Science

Principles and Applications

Authors: Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio

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  • Expanded new edition enhanced with exercises and problems (with solutions)
  • Introduces the key concepts in computational social science, providing formal definitions and a glossary
  • Describes the scope of each sub-field, covering topics on information extraction, social networks, complexity theory and social simulations
  • Discusses such methodological tools as extracting entities from text, computing social network indices and building an agent-based model
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About this Textbook

This textbook provides a comprehensive and reader-friendly introduction to the field of computational social science (CSS). Presenting a unified treatment, the text examines in detail the four key methodological approaches of automated social information extraction, social network analysis, social complexity theory, and social simulation modeling. This updated new edition has been enhanced with numerous review questions and exercises to test what has been learned, deepen understanding through problem-solving, and to practice writing code to implement ideas. Topics and features: contains more than a thousand questions and exercises, together with a list of acronyms and a glossary; examines the similarities and differences between computers and social systems; presents a focus on automated information extraction; discusses the measurement, scientific laws, and generative theories of social complexity in CSS; reviews the methodology of social simulations, covering both variable- and object-oriented models.

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Dr. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla is University Professor and 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.

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“This book is organized in a rigorous manner: each chapter includes an introductory abstract, a short chronology of the main achievements related to the chapter’s topic, well-balanced formalized-intuitive knowledge content, a significant number of questions … and finally a list of future readings. … I think Claudio Cioffi-Revilla’s work hits its assumed target: to be an affordable textbook for students and, at the same time, a useful support manual for instructors interested in learning or teaching computational social science.” (Valentin V. Inceu, Computing Reviews, February, 2019)

“This well-organized book provides a timely and comprehensive systematic introduction to CSS. The chapters are relatively independent. Therefore, readers may quickly grasp related information by reading chapters selectively. … this book is intended as a CSS textbook for graduate students … .” (Chenyi Hu, Computing Reviews, August 11, 2014)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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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
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50131-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50131-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50130-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84324-7
Series ISSN
1868-0941
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 607
Number of Illustrations
38 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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