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2022 SSRC Fellow Lecture: Mario Small
2022 SSRC Katznelson Fellow Lecture: Mario Small
Mario Small, Quetelet Professor of Social Science at Columbia University

who will speak on

Why Big Data Science Will Need Qualitative Research: A Case on Racial Inequality in Financial Access

followed by a response from

Sandra Susan Smith, Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard Kennedy School, Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

About the Lecture

The data revolution in social science has inspired researchers to use massive, newly available datasets from private and public sources to understand social phenomena. The trend may suggest to some that small-scale qualitative networks will eventually become obsolete. Dr. Mario Small, Quetelet Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, argues, however, that the data revolution has made qualitative research more essential, in order to ensure that “big data” result in real science. In this lecture, Professor Small will illustrate this point, based on a study using Google Maps data and running more than 6 million queries, in order to understand racial inequality in access to financial services across US cities. The study makes clear that fully unlocking the potential of large-scale data will require qualitative methods.

Sep 23, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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