What should Sociologists Know about Big Data?

Cai, Tianji and Zhou, Yisu University of Macau

Abstract The emergence of big data provides both opportunities and challenges to social scientists, and promotes a paradigmatic shift in sociological thinking. This paper elaborates how the arrival of big data will change the way sociologists approach their research interests, and discuss how social scientists—sociologists in particular—can prepare for the implementation of big data. 

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