Topics in Quantitative Sociology

Fall 2020 ENSAE

Big Data, Prediction & Explanation

The contemporary data deluge offers rich opportunities for sociologists to deploy old and new tools to study patterns of social life. We focus in particular on whether the combination of big data and statistical learning techniques help improve prediction of life outcomes. (Listen to a podcast about Salganik's experiment we study in class.)

Case-studies for reading, presentation and commentary