Category Archives: symbolic vs hard data

A second post on the comments around Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence

In the process of analyzing textual data, when should researchers reconfigure the text into numerical representation? (a) Basically never. Text should be kept “whole.” Textual data are entirely dependent on context. (b) Under certain circumstances. Depends on the research question. … Continue reading

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analyzing symbolic data: a sociology web debate

How should symbolic data like text and images be analyzed? This question is now front and center, instigated by the appearance of Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence. This question is important because symbolic data continue to proliferate in advanced capitalism. How to … Continue reading

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The proliferation of textual data: more thoughts on social science and the internet

This post is an attempt to come to grips with some emerging methodological assumptions on my part. Assumptions are the structures of analytical action, always constraining and enabling. I acknowledge that ‘assumptions’ need a high degree of solidity before they … Continue reading

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Qualitative data and analysis

I hope to pick the pace back up on this blog. In that spirit I updated the ‘about the blog’ section. This is what I wrote: This blog comments on ‘data’ and ‘analysis’ as intellectual properties in both economic (capital) … Continue reading

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What if Regnerus’s methods were legitimate…

From the Scientific American blogs, Why Mark Regnerus’ study shouldn’t matter, even if it were the most scientifically robust study in the world written by Ilana Yurkiewicz. Excerpt: Suppose for a moment that all the critiques of his methodology did … Continue reading

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Empirical Sociology (parts one, two, and three)

(These are my working thoughts on empirical sociology. They should not be taken as generally representative of how sociologists think about their own field. Nor should they be seen as anywhere near fully worked out.) PART ONE In my view … Continue reading

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David Weinberger on Social Science and Big Data

Excerpts below from David Weinberger’s “The Machine That Would Predict the Future” (Dec 2011 Scientific American). Full text pdf available here. Summary: Article contrasts two different ways to order the proliferation of social science data known as Big Data. On one … Continue reading

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