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COMPLEX-IT : a case-based modelling and scenario simulation platform for social inquiry.

Schimpf, Corey and Castellani, Brian (2020) 'COMPLEX-IT : a case-based modelling and scenario simulation platform for social inquiry.', Journal of open research software., 8 . p. 25.


COMPLEX-IT is a case-based, mixed-methods platform for applied social inquiry into complex data/systems, designed to increase non-expert access to the tools of computational social science (i.e., cluster analysis, artificial intelligence, data visualization, data forecasting, and scenario simulation). In particular, COMPLEX-IT aids applied social inquiry though a heavy emphasis on learning about the complex data/system under study, which it does by (a) identifying and forecasting major and minor clusters/trends; (b) visualizing their complex causality; and (c) simulating scenarios for potential interventions. COMPLEX-IT is accessible through the web or can be run locally and is powered by R and the Shiny web framework.

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Date accepted:17 September 2020
Date deposited:18 November 2020
Date of first online publication:07 October 2020
Date first made open access:18 November 2020

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