Books et al.Research Methods

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Science  05 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6371, pp. 42
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0679

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Generally, social scientists have been poorly equipped to deal with the 21st-cen­tury deluge of large-scale complex data. Computer scientists, well equipped to handle the data, are often ignorant of social theory and of foundational research methods in the social sciences. What is needed is an articula­tion of core principles of designing research that are accessible to multiple disciplines. Into this breach steps Matthew Salganik with Bit by Bit.