Coding Social Science: Understanding and Doing Computational Social Science

Matti Nelimarkka / SAGE 2021 (in press)

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This book will introduce the basics of designing research, which uses computational methods in social sciences, cover fundamentals of computational thinking and programming to execute such ideas and examines where computational social science is heading.

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Situated Writing as Theory and Method. The Untimely Academic Novella.

Mona Livholts / Routledge 2019

This creative and original book develops a framework for situated writing as theory and method, and presents a trilogy of untimely academic novellas as exemplars of the uses of situated writing.

It is an inter- and trans-disciplinary book in which a diversity of forms are used to create a set of interwoven novellas, inspired by poststructuralist and postcolonial feminist theory and literary fiction, along with narrative life writing genres such as diaries and letters, memory work, poetic writing, and photography. The book makes use of a politics of location, situated knowledges, diffraction, and intersectionality theories to promote situated writing as a theory and method for exploring the complexity of social life through gender, whiteness, class, and spatial location.

It addresses writing as an inter- and trans-disciplinary form of scholarship in its own right, with emancipatory potential, emphasising the role of writing in shaping creative, critical, and reflexive approaches to research, education, and professional practice. It is useful for researchers, teachers, postgraduate and PhD students in feminist and intersectionality studies, narrative studies, and pursuing interdisciplinary approaches across the humanities, social sciences, design, and the arts to inspire a theory and method for situated writing.




Syistä selityksiin

Tuukka Kaidesoja, Tomi Kankainen and Petri Ylikoski (ed.) / Gaudeamus 2018

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This edited volume is the first Finnish book that provides a general account of causal reasoning and explanation in the social sciences. Social scientific research can be understood in terms of answering questions. In addition to what, where, when, who, how much and what like –questions pertaining to description and interpretation of social phenomena, social scientists ask why and how –questions that call for explanations. The book provides conceptual tools and ideas for building and evaluating causal explanations in social research.

The book covers the topics regarding the relation between explanation and understanding, the principles of causal inference and the explanation of action. In addition, the chapters deal with causal reasoning and explanation in statistical analysis, case studies, historical research, studies on transformations of large-scale social structures and systems, and experimental studies. 

The book provides basic knowledge of causal explanations in the social sciences for students and researchers in the humanities and the social sciences.

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Multivariate Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences

Kimmo Vehkalahti & Brian S. Everitt / Taylor & Francis 2019

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Multivariate Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences is designed to show how a variety of statistical methods can be used to analyse data collected by psychologists and other behavioral scientists. Assuming some familiarity with introductory statistics, the book begins by briefly describing a variety of study designs used in the behavioral sciences, and the concept of models for data analysis. The contentious issues of p-values and confidence intervals are also discussed in the introductory chapter.

After describing graphical methods, the book covers regression methods, including simple linear regression, multiple regression, locally weighted regression, generalized linear models, logistic regression, and survival analysis. There are further chapters covering longitudinal data and missing values, before the last seven chapters deal with multivariate analysis, including principal components analysis, factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, correspondence analysis, and cluster analysis.

Book is supplemented by a GitHub repository with all datasets and R code for the examples and exercises.



Kyselytutkimuksen mittarit ja menetelmät

Kimmo Vehkalahti / Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi 2008

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Applied Statistics openly – with no mathematical formulas!

Measures and Methods of Survey Research (Kyselytutkimuksen mittarit ja menetelmät) is a textbook on applied statistics, without any any mathematical formulas. Instead, the topics are explained clearly using words, graphs, and tables. There are lots of concrete examples in the book.

The topics include measurement, data collection, data handling and editing, visualization and analyzing using various statistical methods. The focus is on survey research, for example, creating valid questionnaires.

The book that appeared for the first time in 2008, and was republished in 2014, has become quite popular over the years. According to Google Scholar, it is been cited in over 2 000 theses and other publications. Recently, in 2019, the book was republished by the Library of the University of Helsinki, and it is now openly available. So far, the open version has been downloaded almost 12 000 times.

The book stresses the practice: how these things are really done, what would be useful to know and what is good to assume (and what is not). A clear style, concrete examples and various interesting graphs help to understand these topics that may often be challenging, in a new, fresh way.

The book is in use on the first Statistics MOOC in Finland (Introduction to Social Statistics, in Finnish), which is open for anyone and anytime at the Open University (

Video presentation of this book can be found on the Fnnish website

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