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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 200
Title: Using New Data Analysis Techniques to Understand Information Flows
Lead Author: Farrell, Henry J
Abstract: Information flows motivate key questions in the major social sciences. Yet scholars have had great difficulties in studying them directly. The movement of social activity to the Internet means that it is now possible to study information flows directly in a much more systematic fashion than before  data on many forms of social interaction is readily available in machine-readable format. Yet properly studying this new data will require new tools and new techniques. This White Paper proposes a two-stage program to develop new tools in conjunction with pilot initiatives studying information flows, and then apply them more broadly. It then outlines how these methods and data might be applied to three major problems spanning different social sciences  collective cognition, frames and mobilization, and political polarization  and concludes by discussing the policy benefits of better analysis.
PDF: Farrell_Henry_200.pdf

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