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Center for Computational Social Science

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The Center supports social science research by using computational techniques to analyze big data. Today huge amounts of data are available to use for research on human behavior: website clicks, medical records, social media data. This data can be used to address larger societal issues of inequality, healthcare, education, democracy, and more.

Recent News

Mar 21 2016 | Stanford Report

The Raw Data podcast opens a conversation about how big data and...

Mar 10 2016

Stanford faculty, Ashish Goel, has designed an algorithm where voters can...

What makes people "click" in speed dating...

young adults in a speed dating activity

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Daniel McFarland, founding Director of the Center on Computational Social Science, and Dan Jurafsky, affiliate of the Center on Computational Social Science, won this year's Roger V Gould Prize from the American Journal of Sociology (AJS) for their paper analyzing social connections. They join several other IRiSS affiliates in receiving this award: Aliya Saperstein (2013), Andrew Penner (2013), Shelley Correll (2009), and Michael Rosenfeld (2006). Read more.