Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Research Project Advice

Carefully design your survey and make sure your questions are both clear and concise so that more people will actually answer them. Keep in mind that people want to put in as little effort as possible when taking your survey, so questions requiring textual answers may be skipped by many respondents. Also, try to think of specific variables you would like to compare and design your survey to ensure that you will obtain the variables you need from the questions that you ask in your survey. Sorting through data and arranging it to be suitable to perform statistical tests can take longer than expected, so make sure you have ample time to do so.

Chuck also gives different assignments pertaining to the research project throughout the quarter. Putting thought and effort into those assignments will help you complete your final paper (when you complete those assignments you basically finish a section of the paper).

This is a large project and I think it is very important to find a good partner. Make sure both you and your partner clearly understand concepts learned in class (confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, etc.). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask Chuck. It is important that you and your partner both clearly understand how to do the assignment so that you can divide the work with your partner efficiently.

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