01 Oct 2021

AI in the Social Sciences


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This Data Science Friday Seminar will feature how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is employed in Social Science research. AI is fascinating and can be segmented into subdisciplines to include Machine Learning (e.g., Supervised Learning, Unsupervised Learning, Semi-supervised Learning), Artificial Neural Networks, and Deep Learning. AI emerged out of the Computer Science discipline and is applicable to all sectors and disciplines. Integrating and employing AI into Social Sciences lends itself to Computational Social Science. Historically, Computational Social Science was executed when Social Scientists and Computer Scientists collaborated. In recent decades, there has been an upward trajectory of Social Scientists being trained in computational methods to employ in research and practice. April Heyward will share how she employs Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Data Science in her Social Science research projects and the future direction of her research.


April Heyward is a Public Administration Doctoral Researcher, ASPA (American Society for Public Administration) PA (Public Administration) Times Columnist, R Programmer, and Public Sector Practitioner. She is a 4th Year Doctoral Student in the Doctor of Public Administration Program in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University. Her research interests are Computational Social Science, Data Science, E-Government, Machine Learning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Research Methods, and Social Media Research. She integrates Data Science and Artificial Intelligence algorithms and R Programming specifically RStudio into her research and research methods. April’s long-term research focus is how Data Science and Artificial Intelligence can inform and solve complex, tame, and wicked problems in Public Administration, Public Policy, and other sub-disciplines of the Social Sciences.


April is the Program Manager for the SC EPSCoR Program at the South Carolina Research Authority. She develops, implements, and manages STEM programs and initiatives to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, and the STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Benedict College and a Master of Research Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), ASPA Section on Public Administration Research, ASPA Section on International and Comparative Administration, and the South Carolina Academy of Science. April is a Columnist for ASPA PA Times and the Vice President of the South Carolina Academy of Science.


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