WORKSHOP 2: Addressing bias in computational social science: Explanation rather than prediction?

Chair: Sophie Nightingale

LT5, Thursday 21st, 1130-1230

Speaker: Paul Taylor

Explanation rather than prediction?

THURSDAY, 11:30 - 12:30, George Fox LT5

The aim of this workshop is to bring together individuals across a range of fields for conversations relating to the challenges of using computational social science (CSS) to explain and predict human and social phenomena. Traditionally, social scientists have focused on finding explanations with an emphasis on determining causal mechanisms, yet CSS is adding to a growing interest in prediction.

To begin the session, Professor Paul Taylor will discuss the challenges and possibilities of making inferences about individuals based on aggregated data. We will then have an opportunity to break into small groups for an in-depth discussion of this topic, including your experiences and views on prediction and explanation. Finally, we will invite each group to summarise their discussion to report back to the room.

We hope that attending this session will offer new perspectives on your own work and provide support with any relevant challenges you are facing. Furthermore, we aim to use this event to begin to build a network which will continue to provide insight and support relating to challenges, such as bias, in CSS.

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