Paradoxes of Probability and Other Statistical Strangeness

Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting those patterns. In this series we look at some of the common mistakes we make and how to avoid them when thinking about statistics, probability and risk. You don’t […]

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Crowdsourcing Raises Host of Methodological and Ethical Questions

Crowdsourcing offers researchers ready access to large numbers of participants, while enabling the processing of huge, unique datasets. However, the power of crowdsourcing raises several issues, including whether or not what initially emerged as a business practice can be transformed into a sound research method. Isabell Stamm and Lina Eklund argue that the complexities of managing large numbers of people mean crowdsourcing reduces participants to one faceless crowd. Applied to research, this is inherently problematic as it contradicts the basic idea that we control who participates in our studies. This not only challenges scientific rules of representativeness but also leaves methodological designs vulnerable to researchers’ implicit assumptions about the crowd.

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Coping with Data Visualization’s Many Options

The late data visionary Hans Rosling mesmerized the world with his work, contributing to a more informed society. Rosling used global health data to paint a stunning picture of how our world is a better place now than it was in the past, bringing hope through data. Now more than ever, data are collected from […]

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Video: Running Focus Groups

Focus groups are a form of qualitative research in which the researcher generates the data through an open, but directed, discussion with a small group of participants. In this video – which you can watch for free by clicking here —  qualitative researcher Carol McNaughton Nicholls discusses but the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a focus […]

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Avoiding The 7 Deadly Sins of Statistical Misinterpretation

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting those patterns. In this series we look at some of the common mistakes we make and how […]

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Why Is It Important to Merge Academic Practice and Social Media?

Researchers are already using social media, acknowledges Sierra Williams, communications manager for Open Knowledge International, in the video below. Despite this, there’s often only a grudging acceptance of social media’s role, and sometimes even outright rejection. “The biggest issue,” says the former editor of The Impact Blog at the London School of Economics and Social […]

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 8

The eighth edition of SAGE Publishing’s big data newsletter includes news about the upcoming launch of a new online course series in data science skills for social scientists. The first course, An Introduction to Python for Social Scientists, is slated to run for the first time in late summer 2017, with registration opening in early […]

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Feeling Connected: Surveying Academics on Their Social Media Use

The full report of Feeling Connected: Academics’ Use of Social Media can be found here At first glance, academia and social media might not appear to have an obvious connection. Social media use tends to be viewed as frivolous or as an activity undertaken for purely personal reasons, such as keeping in touch with friends […]

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Mixed Methods Workshop Focuses on Community-Engaged Approaches

The “Designing Participatory Mixed Methods Research: Community-Engaged Approaches to Address Complex Problems” workshop involves community members, stakeholders, and academic researchers in all phases of the research process, including knowledge generation and decision-making. Presented by the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program faculty, which include John Creswell and Michael Fetters, this workshop will engage individuals […]

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