Social Computing Reading List

Note: this is the list for students in the computer science PhD program.
HCC PhD students please study the HCC qualifier reading list.


Taught in Class


Mathematical foundations    
Adamic, L. (2000). Zipf, Power-laws, and Pareto - a ranking tutorial. HP Labs Technical Report.
Barabasi, A. and Albert, R. (1999). Emergence of Scaling in Random Networks. Science, 286(5439):509-512 8803SC
Jackson, M. (2008). Social and Economic Networks. Chapters 1-4. Princeton University Press.  
Sociological foundations    
Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology. 78(6):1360-1380 8803SC
Heider, F. (1946). Attitudes and Cognitive Organization. The Journal of Psychology. 21(1):107-112
Eisenstein. (2013). What to do about bad language on the internet. Proceedings of NAACL.
Lazer, et al. (2009). Computational Social Science. Science, 323(5915):721-723.
Oldenburg, R. (1999). The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. Chapters 1 and 2. New York: Marlowe & Company. 6470  
Putnam, R. D. (1995). Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital. Journal of Democracy, 6(1), 65-78. 6470  
Travers, J. and Milgram, S. An Experimental Study of the Small World Problem. Sociometry, 32(4): 425-443. 8803SC
Burt, R. (2004). Structural Holes and Good Ideas. American Journal of Sociology, 110(2).
Gilbert, Eric and Karahalios, Karrie. 2009. Predicting tie strength with social media. In Proc. CHI. 8803SC
Newman, M. E. J., Modularity and community structure in networks, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 8577-8582 (2006).
Kleinberg, Jon M. (1999). Authoritative sources in a hyperlinked enviornment. J. ACM 46, 5 (September 1999), 604-632. 8803SC
"Leskovec, Jure, Faloutsos, Christos and Kleinberg Jon. (2005). Graphs over time: densification laws, shrinking diameters and possible explanations. In Proc. KDD"
Social computing theories    
Benkler, Y. (2002). Coase's Penguin,or Linux and the Nature of the Firm. Yale Law Journal 112:369 6470  
boyd, d. and Ellison, N. (2008). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1):210-230.
Donath, J. (1999). Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community. In M. A. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 29-59). New York: Routledge. 6470, 8803SC
Grudin, Jonathan. (1988). Why CSCW applications fail: problems in the design and evaluation of organizational interfaces. In Proc. CSCW, 1988 8803SC
Kollock, P. (1999). The Economies of Online Cooperation: Gifts and Public Goods in Cyberspace. In M. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 220-239). New York: Routledge.    
Raymond, E. S. (2001). The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary (Revised ed.). Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates.6470 
Wellman, B., & Gulia, M. (1999). Virtual Communities are Communities: Web Surfers Don't Ride Alone. In M. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 167-194). New York: Routledge. 6470  
Design & systems    
Burton, et al. (2012). Crowdsourcing subjective fashion advice using VizWiz: challenges and opportunities. Proc. ASSETS.7460
Erickson, T. and Kellogg, W. (2000). Social translucence: an approach to designing systems that support social processes. ACM ToCHI 7, 1, 59-83. 8803SC
Gilbert, Eric (2012). Designing Social Translucence Over Social Networks. In Proc. CHI. 8803SC
Konstan, J. and Riedl, J. (2012). Recommender systems: from algorithms to user experience. User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction. (22) 101-123.7460
Leskovec, Jure, Backstrom, Lars, and Kleinberg, Jon. 2009. Meme-tracking and the dynamics of the news cycle. In Proc. KDD, 2009 8803SC
von Ahn, L. and Dabbish, L. (2004). Labeling images with a computer game. In Proc. CHI.7460
Bond, R., et al. (2012). A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization. Nature 489.7415 (2012): 295-298.8803SC
Bryant, S, Forte, A, and Bruckman, A (2005). Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of Participation in a Collaborative Online Encyclopedia. In Proc. GROUP.    
Ellison, Steinfield & Lampe. 2007. The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites. JCMC, 12(4). 8803SC
Ling, et al. (2004). Using Social Psychology to Motivate Contributions to Online Communities. JCMC. 8803SC
Salganik, Watts, et al. (2008). Experimental Study of Inequality and Unpredictability in an Artificial Cultural Market. Science, 311(5762)