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Approx. 21 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Define and discuss big data opportunities and limitations.
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    Work with IBM Watson and analyze a personality through Natural Language Programming (NLP).
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    Examine how AI is used through case studies.
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    Examine and discuss the roles ethics play in AI and big data.

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Instructor

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Martin Hilbert 

Professor
Communication, Graduate Group Computer Science Chair Emphasis Computational Social Science
652 Learners
5 Courses

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University of California, Davis

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Getting Started and Big Data Opportunities

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 94 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Course Introduction6m
Big Data Overview2m
What is "Big Data"?14m
Digital Footprint5m
Political Data-fusion and No-Sampling (Part 1)14m
Political Data-fusion and No-Sampling (Part 2)3m
Real-time11m
Machine Learning5m
Machine Learning Recommender Systems11m
3 readings
About UCCSS10m
A Note From UC Davis10m
Optional/Complementary10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Big Data Limitations

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 52 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Big Data Limitations2m
Footprint ≠ Representativeness10m
Data ≠ Reality6m
Meaning ≠ Meaningful4m
Discrimination ≠ Personalization8m
Correlation ≠ Causation6m
Past ≠ Future10m
1 reading
Welcome to Peer Review Assignments!10m
2 practice exercises
Natural Language Processing (NLP) Assignment Task5m
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Artificial Intelligence

3 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 105 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
15 videos
A Short History of AI9m
State of the Art5m
The Most Intelligent Gamer4m
Search and Robotics7m
Vision and Machine Learning6m
AI Challenges3m
Moral Frames7m
Predictions From Morals6m
Moral Brain Signatures6m
Computational fMRI11m
(A Personal) History of Dialogue Systems6m
The Art of Dialogue10m
Making Conversations10m
AI Telling Stories7m
1 reading
Optional/Complementary10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Research Ethics

2 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 105 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
Origins: Unethical Medical Research8m
Unethical Social Research10m
Taking Responsibility12m
The Common Rule8m
Ethical Computational Social Science10m
Concerns of an AI Pioneer5m
Walker on Ethics10m
Shelton on Ethics7m
Language Acquisition (Complementary)6m
Modeling Framework (Complementary)9m
Computational Model (Complementary)6m
Lessons Learned (Complementary)6m
1 reading
Slaughterbots10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz30m

About the Computational Social Science Specialization

Digital technology has not only revolutionized society, but also the way we can study it. Currently, this is taken advantage of by the most valuable companies in Silicon Valley, the most powerful governmental agencies, and the most influential social movements. What they have in common is that they use computational tools to understand, and ultimately influence human behavior and social dynamics. An increasing part of human interaction leaves a massive digital footprint behind. Studying it allows us to gain unprecedented insights into what society is and how it works, including its intricate social networks that had long been obscure. Computational power allows us to detect hidden patterns through analytical tools like machine learning and to natural language processing. Finally, computer simulations enable us to explore hypothetical situations that may not even exist in reality, but that we would like to exist: a better world. This specialization serves as a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective, and multi-method guide on how to better understand society and human behavior with modern research tools. This specialization gives you easy access to some of the exciting new possibilities of how to study society and human behavior. It is the first online specialization collectively taught by Professors from all 10 University of California campuses....
Computational Social Science

Frequently Asked Questions

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