[EDIT] I had the opportunity to make a presentation on CSS at a workshop in Princeton University. Here is my slides:
Introduction to CSS articles:
- A comprehensive, structured, clear and concise CSS Survey article (Cioffi-Revilla, 2010) by Dr. Cioffi-Revilla.
- Lazer et al. in their Science article (Lazer, Pentland, Adamic, Aral, Barabasi, Brewer, Christakis, Contractor, Fowler, Gutmann, Jebara, King, Macy, Roy, Van Alstyne, 2009) approached the field from the availability of new data and list many examples of real life digital traces and ask questions related to them to signify the range of applications; however, may be due to space limitations, the article does not explain CSS approaches and areas as structured as the former, also neglects simulation modeling entirely.
- Watts introduces a third dimension into CSS, i.e. virtual lab–style experiments (Watts, 2013)
Cioffi-Revilla, C. (2010). Computational social science. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 2(3), 259–271. doi:10.1002/wics.95
Lazer, D., Pentland, A. (Sandy), Adamic, L., Aral, S., Barabasi, A. L., Brewer, D., … Van Alstyne, M. (2009). Life in the network: the coming age of computational social science. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5915), 721–723. doi:10.1126/science.1167742
Watts, D. J. (2013). Computational Social Science Exciting Progress and Future Directions. The Bridge, National Academy of Engineering, 43/4.