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A Fine Crop of Data: The China-U.S. Trade War and Soybeans

In March 2018, the United States began implementing tariffs against Chinese imports of steel and aluminum in response to alleged unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft by the Chinese state. In response, China in April and June of 2018 announced tariffs on American products including a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, a key U.S. export to China. This lead Bloomberg to predict that […]

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We Looked at 4 Million Pitches to See How Many Mistakes Umpires Make

Baseball is back, and fans can anticipate another season of amazing catches, overpowering pitching, tape-measure home runs – and, yes, controversial calls that lead to blow-ups between umpires and players. Home plate umpires are at the heart of baseball; every single pitch can require a judgment call. Yet ask any fan or player, and they’ll […]

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Archived Webinar: Introduction to R

The rise of big data has given social scientists access to vast datasets. To fully realize this opportunity, many social scientists are changing the way they work and adopting the R programming language to allow for further exploration and analysis. In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Maja Založnik, research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population […]

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What Do the Graphs in the Climate Change Debate Mean?

The use of data as evidence of climate change has become an increasingly debated topic in the past decade. The current U.S. political climate has only further politicized the issue, which is likely to escalate as presidential campaigns for the 2020 election begin in 2019. President Donald Trump, who has already declared he will run […]

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More on Power, Sample Size, and Power Calculations

More on Power, Sample Size, and Power Calculations Of the variables that affect power, you can see that sample size gives you the most flexibility, as people are not in the habit of changing either the alpha level of .05, nor can you switch from a two-tailed to a one-tailed test (the use of a […]

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 29

This month’s big data newsletter includes several top-flight free resources for readers, including an article on “The social imaginaries of data activism” drawn from the journal Big Data & Society; a chapter from The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods that asks, “Big Data – Hype or Revolution?”; and a chapter from another of […]

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Learn from Research Cases: Youth Participation

Studying Youth, With Youth Let’s face facts: if you are old enough to conduct research, you are a geezer from the perspective of a 14-year old! Why would they reveal insights into their personal lives, especially on sensitive matters they’d rather not discuss? This is a dilemma researchers face when studying adolescents or young adults– […]

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The Equivalence Test Tackles So-called Negative Results

A paleontologist returns to her lab from a summer dig and sets up a study comparing tooth length in two dinosaur species. She and her team work meticulously to avoid biasing their results. They remain blind to the species while measuring, the sample sizes are large, and the data collection and the analysis are rigorous. […]

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Decision Tree to Examine Variable in Samples

Below is a short summary and overview of chapter seven in Dr. Kathryn A. Adams book entitled “Research Methods, Statistics and Application”. This overview highlights a decision processing tool that is useful when examining variables in a qualitative sample. First, the one-sample t test and the chi-square goodness of fit are used when you are […]

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