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COMPUTER APPLICATIONS TO DATA MANAGEMENT IN SOCIOLOGY. Akos Rona-Tas.   Social Research Questions. Identifying Topics of interest A.                 Personal experiences B.                 Other research (yours or someone else\'s) C.                Social Theory

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social research questions
  Social Research Questions
  • Identifying Topics of interest
  • A.                 Personal experiences
  • B.                 Other research (yours or someone else\'s)
  • C.                Social Theory
  • D.                Funding and Fashion
refining social research questions
Refining Social Research Questions
  • A.    Find a WHY question. HOW questions can also be good but WHY questions are better, Now you have dependent variable.
    • a)     Try to phrase your question as a comparison or contrast
  • B.  Build an explanation. Now you have an independent variable.
  • C.  Try to reverse the causal order
  • D.  Try to reverse relationship implied
evaluating social research questions
Evaluating Social Research Questions
  • A.       Feasibility
  • B.       Social Importance
  • C.       Scientific Relevance
concepts
Concepts
  • Our theories are built from concepts.
  • Concept: a mental image (word or phrase) that summarizes a set of similar observations, feelings, or ideas
concepts cont
Concepts (cont.)
  • . Definitions:
  • 1. Conceptual definition
  • 2. Operational definition
  • 3. Analytical definition
      • v=s/t
      • s=v*t and t=s/v
      • Saving=income-expenditure
conceptualization
Conceptualization
  • Tricks:
    • Think of a typical case
    • Think of subdimensions of your concept
    • Think of what your concept is NOT:
    • Think of the OPPOSITE of your concept
measurement operations
Measurement Operations
  • Concept  Variable  Indicator/Measure
  • Indexes
    • Combining measures by summing them
  • Scales
    • Index where the measures weighted
evaluation of measures
Evaluation of Measures
  • Validity vs. Reliablity
      • Am I measuring what I think I am measuring? Vs.
      • How likely is it, that if I were to repeat my observation, I would get the same result ?
levels of measurement
Levels of measurement
  • NOMINAL LEVEL:
  • Values must be
  • --- all-inclusive: they must cover all cases
  • --- mutually exclusive: each case must belong to one and only one group
  • dichotomy.
  • ORDINAL LEVEL
  • Values must be
  • --- all-inclusive and
  • --- mutually exclusive,
  • --- ordered but the distance between two adjacent categories may vary.
  • INTERVAL/RATIO LEVEL
  • Values must be
  • --- all-inclusive (all prices can be expressed with a dollar figure) and
  • --- mutually exclusive (no single price can take two different numbers) and
  • --- ordered (if you paid $100 and I paid $200 I paid more), but
  • --- there is a constant distance between any two adjacent categories
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