I have to choose a certain number of data points. The exact number has little effect on my outcome -- it could be as little as 10 or as high as 100. There is no good way to choose this number, and no factor limits me from going higher.
Since 42 is a popular number, I plan on using it. The findings from this will be submitted to a conference for peer review.
- Do people often use the number 42 in research?
- Will this (mostly) be viewed positively or negatively?
- Is the number popularly accepted as the "answer to everything," or could I come across a reviewer who has a strong opposing viewpoint, and therefore lead to a biased review for me?