Search Results for Category: Big-data and Tag: Methods in Action

Methods in Action: The Ethics of Studying Online Comments

  A lot of electronic ink has been spilled on the subject of online commenting, especially as a number of high-profile media outlets in the last three years have decided the experiment in ‘direct-er’ democracy has not been worth the appalling abuse often perpetrated by commenters. A lot of that ink has come from academics […]

Categories: Mixed

Tags: Comments, Ethics, Methods in Action, YouTube

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Methods in Action: Using Big Data to Help Redress the Flint Water Crisis

By Jacob Abernethy and Eric Schwartz The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights a number of serious problems: a public health outbreak, inadequate urban infrastructure, environmental injustice and political failures. But when it comes to recovery, the central challenge, and one that has received relatively little attention, is our lack of useful information and understanding. […]

Categories: Big Data, Quantitative

Tags: Big Data, Methods in Action, The Conversation

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Methods in Action: Teaching Using Case Studies

ong a staple of business schools, the case study has shown an affinity for teaching research methodology, too. Just ask MethodSpace’s own Janet Salmons, who in addition to being a blogger here is the dissertation chair and qualitative methodologist for Walden University, co-director of Path to Publishing – and the author of the SAGE Research […]

Categories: MentorSpace, Tools and Resources

Tags: Case Studies, Janet Salmons, Methods in Action, SAGE Research Methods Cases, Teaching

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Methods in Action: Visualizing Social Media Analysis

There’s a lot of hope attached to idea that the use of big data-drivers like social media can create important social science. In a small scale test of that big idea, software developers, requirements engineers and social scientists collaborated to see if they could make practical use of Twitter to learn about patient experiences of […]

Categories: Big Data, MentorSpace, Quantitative

Tags: Data Visualization, Methods in Action

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Methods in Action: Mylynn Felt on Using Data in Qualitative Research

There’s a developing “data gold rush” for social science, and to address it a popular recent paper in the journal Big Data & Society calls for researchers to combine their traditional skills in qualitative methodology with the newly available social media data analytics. As the pell-mell imagery of a gold rush suggests, there are riches […]

Categories: Qualitative

Tags: Methods in Action, Qualitative, Social Media, Twitter

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Methods in Action: Participatory and Community Research

Homelessness is a major problem in many global cities, and research on the issue recognizes that urban aspect. But homelessness is not just a problem for cities, as criminologist Michael Young describes in this Methods in Action interview. Young describes his experiences conducting this research, details some of the nuts and bolts of his mixed methods approach, and explains how geography mediates culture in ways that wise researchers need to understand.

Categories: Mixed

Tags: Community Research, Methods in Action, Mixed Methods

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Methods in Action: Tackling the Tweet

MethodSpace’s inaugural webinar ‘Methods in Action: Tackling the Tweet’ took place on April 13th with researchers Luke Sloan and Joshua Tucker. They explained how to conduct Twitter-based research projects while detailing some of the fascinating findings from their labs’ social media research. The archived webinar and answers to some of the questions that couldn’t be answered in the hour appear here.

Categories: Big Data, MentorSpace

Tags: Methods in Action, Social Media, Twitter

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Methods in Action: Social Media Surveys

Social media opens new doors in social and behavioral science research methods, but like all research, nothing is a given, In this interview, Torgeir Aleti explains his group’s efforts to use Twitter to learn more about young Australians’ drinking habits, and the hard lessons they drew from the experience while trying to preserve the integrity, both design and ethical, of their research.

Categories: Mixed

Tags: Methods in Action, Social Media, Twitter

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Methods in Action: Ethnographic Study of Street Gangs

Why does the Homeric of ‘violent’ seem so wedded to the term ‘street gang’? There’s a number of reasons, of course, but one of them comes from the stories that established gang members pass down to their initiates, making the idea of violence as much as geography part of the gang’s identity. That’s a key […]

Categories: Qualitative

Tags: Ethnography, Gangs, Methods in Action

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Methods in Action: Behavioral Tracking

It’s a safe bet that any academics wanting to study problem gambling are going to have a hard time getting their subjects to deal candidly with them. But the advent of online gambling creates the potential for an excellent natural experiment into a gambler’s behavior – if only you can get the data and then […]

Categories: Qualitative

Tags: Behavioral Tracking, Methods in Action

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