Best Practices for Statistics. Best Practices. Purpose of Statistics. Best Practice: Know what you already know, what you want to know and what you don’t know. Starting with Your Research Question.
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How do users differ when (searching, finding, selecting) (articles, books, Web sites)?
What are factors associated with ___________?
What are the effects of ___________On ____________?
Which is better at improving _________?
How are people (finding, selecting, using) _______?
Are you actually measuring what you are trying to measure?
User Engagement Scale (UES)
Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST)
Systematic (not random) deviation from the true value (Statistics.com)
Have a data entry plan
Train the inputters
Use data validation tricks
How variable is the data?
Distribution of the Population
N is the # of samples
n is the number of items in each sample
Watch the cumulative mean & medians slowly merge to the population
Transformation of data
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