Chapter 7 Digital Trace Data
Modes of data collection, applications, and errors at a glance
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KeywordsAI, big data, data analysis, data archives, data ownership, data science, digital trace, ethical standards, ethics, human-robot interaction, information technology, machine learning, open data, politics, policy, quantitative, replication, social, social media, socio-robots, survey data, survey design, survey methodology, unstructured data
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication date and place2021