Explain or Predict @ Microsoft Research

The Microsoft Research group in NYC invited me to give a talk on "To Explain or To Predict? How Prediction Can Advance Research". I spent half a day on Nov 3, 2015 at their beautiful lab and learned what "computational social scientists" study. The audience in my talk included folks with a computer science background from the computational social science and machine learning groups and others. The lively discussion touched on what the scientific method means and requires in social science research.

Special thanks to Shawndra Hill, Duncan Watts, and Hanna Wallach for super interesting conversations and hearty hospitality.