Computational Social Science
Lab at Penn

CSS unites computer science, statistics, and social science to solve challenging real-world problems using digital data and platforms. Through mass collaboration with industry, government, and civil society, our research generates insights that advance basic science in the service of practical applications.

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For Penn students:

RAs play a vital role in the Lab’s work. We are looking for students from across schools and disciplines who are interested in making tangible contributions to cutting-edge research that addresses important societal problems.

For researchers:

The CSSLab invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in Computational Social Science.

Computational Social Science Lab at Penn

CSS unites computer science, statistics, and social science to solve challenging real-world problems using novel theories. Through our mass collaboration with industry, government, and civil society, our path-breaking research generates solutions which are both innovative and practical.

Featured: “Examining the consumption of radical content on YouTube”

Anecdotes of YouTube steering users towards radical content have raised concerns over the recommendation algorithm’s potential bias. In their new paper, Homa Hosseinmardi et al. examine these claims using a data-driven approach.

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What Big Data Reveals About Online Extremism

Originally published by the Annenberg School for Communication PHILADELPHIA, November 22, 2021 — Homa Hosseinmardi and her colleagues at Penn’s Computational...

Researcher spotlight: Homa Hosseinmardi

As the lead researcher on the Penn Media Accountability Project (PennMAP), Homa Hosseinmardi tackles questions of online political radicalization and...

Over the past 100 years, social science has generated a tremendous number of theories on the topics of individual and collective human behaviour. However, it has been much less successful at reconciling the innumerable inconsistencies and contradictions among these competing explanations.

Duncan Watts
CSS Lab Founder

Over the past 100 years, social science has generated a tremendous number of theories on the topics of individual and collective human behaviour. However, it has been much less successful at reconciling the innumerable inconsistencies and contradictions among these competing explanations.

Duncan Watts
CSS Lab Founder

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