Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute

Center or Institute

Center for Computational Social Science, Stanford

A center dedicated to Computational Social Science which they describe as: "As Internet and computer usage expands, so will the availability of large-scale, digitized information on social phenomena. The capacity to manage and analyze this information is increasingly important to multiple social domains and institutions in society. Computer science affords a variety of techniques to collect, manage and analyze this vast array of information, while the social sciences afford a variety of theories and understandings that can guide computational analysis. On their own, computer science can create new and useful technologies and social scientists can address important social problems and issues, but together they can apply computational techniques to analyze and explain incredibly vast and detailed information on social phenomena – in a theoretically informed way – which we could not imagine possible in the prior decade. We call this interdisciplinary field “Computational Social Science” (CSS)."


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