The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will host a semester-long program on Data Science in the Social and Behavioral Sciences from January to May 2021. The program will be hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with SAMSI’s other partners at Duke University and North Carolina State University.
The main component of the SAMSI Programs are several working groups that run throughout the semester. These working groups are bookended by an opening workshop (several days in January) and closing workshop (several days in April/May). The opening workshop will help set the directions of the semester-long working groups.
The major themes of the SAMSI Data Science in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program will include:
- Social network analysis and network neuroscience, including challenges around network sampling, temporal and multilayer networks, and network modeling of disease and behavior.
- Comparisons and synthesis in causal inference and statistical modeling across structural equation models, directed acyclic graphs, and counterfactual approaches.
- Consideration of new forms of digital data and the methods to analyze such data. Possible examples include wearables, GPS tracking, web scraping, sensor data, computer-aided text analysis, sentiment analysis, intensive time-series, etc.
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