Computation at the service of social sciences

Enregistrement vidéo d’une communication de Tommaso Venturini (CIS-CNRS), invité par Christopher Barrie, School of Social and Political Science, à l’Université d’Édimbourg, 28 septembre 2021.

EN. This talk discusses ways in which digital data and advanced computational methods can be used not to master social research but to serve it. Against grandiose discourses about how “big data” will end up replacing social analysis, this talk argues that computational techniques could in fact play a more modest but also more interesting ancillary role in preliminary research tasks such as identifying interesting research cases or extending an existing sample. This argument is made by discussing the case of the leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change (IPCC).