Computational social science investigates research questions from the social sciences through empirical data analyses. Input data includes social media text, social network structures, online activities, socio-cultural key indicators, and time series. The focus is on insights into social phenomena and dynamics rather than the technologies behind, raising a particular need for output interpretation and visualization.
The aim of this seminar is to learn about basic ideas and recent research in computational social science as well as to discuss the benefits and limitations of data analysis on societal developments. Based on a few introductory lectures, each participant will choose a scientific article covering a sophisticated topic from recent research. The topic has first to be presented orally in a detailed research talk and then summarized and discussed in a written article.