Professor Paul Attewell’s “How much social structure is there?”

February 21, 2014 – Paul Attewell, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, presented his talk, “How much social structure is there? The challenge presented by Data Mining.” Professor Attewell’s recent research focuses on non-elite college students and the barriers that they face and is funded by the Gates Foundatpaul_attewell_picion. He is also PI on the NSF-funded “CUNY Data Mining Initiative.”

In his presentation, Professor Attewell discussed how data mining methods can benefit social science research. He argued that while traditional statistical methods still leave substantial unexplained variance, data mining methods have higher accuracy and prediction rates. How much data mining methods improve on sociological methods? Can data mining uncover hidden structure that traditional statistical techniques could not? These are questions that Professor Attewell raised.

If you were unable to attend the event, you can still catch the seminar here: