The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 17: Wrestling with Complexity in Computational Social Science: Theory, Estimation and Representation
Wrestling with Complexity in Computational Social Science: Theory, Estimation and Representation
Computation is increasingly a feature of most social scientists’ research. Unsurprisingly, given the breadth of social science research, the term ‘computational social science’ has come to mean different things to different researchers and the challenges posed by this increased reliance on computation are not well understood. In this chapter, we hope to show that computation is useful for both theoretical and empirical modeling. In both areas, computational modeling allows researchers to build and estimate more complex models than was previously possible. Instead of attempting to review what has become a vast field, the main goals of this article will be to provide answers to the following questions:
- What types of ...