Factor Analysis for Likert/Ordinal/Non-normal Data

My friend Jeremy Miles sent me this article by Basto and Periera (2012) this morning with the subject line ‘this is kind of cool’. Last time I saw Jeremy, my wife and I gatecrashed his house in LA for 10 days to discuss writing the R book that’s about to come out. During that stay […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Triangulation

Triangulation “Triangulation involves the attempt to combine multiple methods, measures, methodologies, or theories in a variety of ways often to cross-check findings, often on the assumption that the weaknesses of any single such element will be compensated by the strengths of others.” For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Action Research

Action Research “A type of applied research designed to find the most effective way to bring about a desired social change or to solve a practical problem, usually in collaboration with those being researched.”     For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, a highly practical tool that […]

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Check out the New Enhancements on SAGE Research Methods!

This week, we completed our latest enhancement release for SAGE Research Methods.  I want to share with you some of the highlights from this new release: We have rebranded SAGE Research Methods Online, simplifying it to SAGE Research Methods.  The new logo is below:   We have added 43 new titles to SRM for 2012.  The […]

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Are We Too Limited on Group Size? What About 2 or 3 Person “Mini-Groups”?

   When I first became interested in focus groups, we were still receiving most of our advice about how to do focus groups from marketing researchers, where that advice often included groups as large as 9-12. Since then, the recommended size for social science focus groups has fallen to a range of 4 to 8. […]

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Newspapers and 7 Core Statistical Concepts

There have been a few news stories recently about misunderstanding of statistics; especially confusing correlation with cause. For example, the Guardian ran this story/tutorial (http://t.co/AwCugVIV). Hot on the heels of that useful reminder, came a story linking unemployment in the UK to immigration from outside of the EU (http://t.co/7rTcFvbH). By the time the Daily Mail […]

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