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A system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity so as to achieve results.

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Is genetic imaging usually counted as physiological measurement? [on hold]

I think that since genetic determine the physiology of a person, it should be considered as a physiological measure. But what is the convention in academia? (i.e. if someone want to talk about ...
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How to use “can” or “could” when referring to a methodology?

If I say "This methodology can/could be used in the research in this area, e.g. (the relevant paper)", should I use can? If no examples is given, should I use could? (to emphasize possibility?)
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Can Research Hypotheses be Contratictory Among Them?

I want to know how to proceed in an experimental research, where there is a conflict between different theories with different predictions. I.e. the theory A predicts X > Y, while the theory B ...
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How to teach law to multinational classes?

I am professor in an internationally oriented university, meaning it was created to have students from half a dozen different countries. It doesn't offer any law-related degree, but some degrees do ...
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Sampling question for telephone survey. [closed]

Health sciences researcher out of my area of expertise. I have an assistant calling businesses at random, using a publicly available registry, to ask about their automated external defibrillator (AED)....
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Hypothesis incorrectly stated and submitted

I realise after submitting my dissertation lask week that I posed my hypothesis in the wrong manner. I posed them as I believe that X will not be a predictor of Y I subsequently went on with ...
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What guarantee the validity and relevance of “grand” social sciences' theories? [closed]

During my undergraduate years, I took a variety of courses in social sciences, and was exposed to writings by famous thinkers like Freud, Habermas, Foucault, Claude Lévi-Strauss, as well as lesser-...
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How detailed should a methodology be presented?

I am writing a manuscript dedicated to the classification of natural processes occurring worldwide. In this study, I create a composite model involving a classifier, i.e. a Neural Network model, that ...
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Should I change my proposed solution for paper rejected because of lack of novelty or originality?

From my understanding of the reviewers' comments, it means our proposed solution adds nothing new to the body of knowledge even if we get better results than the state-of-the-art work. The reviewers ...
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Can I publish an improved variation of a prior method or/and the results I found using it?

I am doing economic analyses of natural resources based on processes seen in the real world (geology) for my PhD thesis. The model I have built is mostly inspired from an already well-established ...
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Does all computer science research involve heavy usage of mathematics?

I am starting my graduate studies in computer science this year and am confused as to what quality research (some new innovation or discovery) domain I would choose specifically amongst virtualization,...
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Web scraping/email harvesting to contact survey respondents [duplicate]

I'm working on a research project that includes a survey of academics in a specific field. One method we've discussed for building a sample frame and obtaining contact information for potential ...
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Good examples for methods section in math or computer science

A methods section is very common in areas such as medicine. However, in math or computer science papers I rarely find such a section if no experiments or observational studies were conducted. ...
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In which section of a research paper is it best to justify the choice of methods?

I'm currently writing the methodology section of my thesis and wondered if I was including too much. In the methodology section I have currently included: Alternative approaches I considered The ...
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How to establish inter-rater reliability as a sole PhD researcher

I'm doing a PhD in the social sciences and want to use an observational method to analyse audio recordings of social work conversations. I will be using an established behavioural coding manual (the ...
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Choosing and defining the methodology part of a Masters thesis [closed]

The question I have is regarding the formulation of the initial hipotheses for testing. But before that, I need to choose and define my methodology approach. I am studying first year graduate ...
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Is it reasonable to not study previous research to avoid bias?

I am currently a student at a tech school and otherwise unemployed. I’ve never been a scientist or published a paper. So I am a little skeptical of some results I have been hearing about experiments ...
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Which examination setting is better?

This is a practical examination of one of the courses for undergraduate students. As an instructor in this course, I tend to give the examination in a slide presentation format, which consists of 15 ...
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Approach for better and realistic solution

What should my approach be when previously existing research work for my research problem is not able to give satisfactory results? Explanation: Currently I am working on a research problem related ...
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How to cite and publish unpublished governmental statistics correctly?

Conducting a research which needs governmental statistics, I have encountered a problem. The problem is I need to have precise data on farming in an area, but the data are not published. I had to go ...
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What is the definition of a selective survey?

Is it similar to a narrative review? I’m looking at a survey of a sub-field of computer science and it’s defined as a ‘selective survey’ however I can’t find a definition of this anywhere.
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Checking sample solutions during exercise sessions : Yay or Nay? [closed]

I'm a sophomore student in Engineering, and searching for ways to improve the way I study, I've been reviewing how I studied last year, trying to improve my methodology where I can. Being a somewhat ...
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How Reproducible should Data and Analysis Methodology Be?

My question might be a stretch given my lack of formal experience with writing and publishing research papers. But one thing I've noticed in my line of work and reading published papers is that the ...
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How to interpret the phrase “experimental approach”?

I'm writing the introduction for a research proposal and am trying to express that our approach is "experimental" in the sense that it uses more exploratory and alternative methods rather than that it ...
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Why don’t researchers publish their raw data for the advance if science?

Publication bias. Reproducibility problem. Abusing statistical tests. These are some of the many criticisms received by all fields of science for a long time. If I read an article on Psychological ...
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How to define methodology for two different approaches?

I am working on my Master Thesis and I am exploring two different approaches to the same problem. I am having trouble deciding on how to structure the Methodology section to divide these two ...
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How/should I modify my ethics review proposal when asking questions not stated in the original application?

We submitted an application to our HREC (Human Research Ethics Committee) and received their approval to conduct the study. In our application, we submitted a base questionnaire with some of the ...
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Changing the method after first peer review round

I have submitted a paper and got a R&R. After the submission, I have learned new method techniques for my research and I found those very compelling. Now, I would like to use them and I was ...
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How to cite “obvious” things or make them credible?

I'm writing my thesis and I want to emphasize that the importance of energy, especially electrical energy, has increased tremendously and we are living in an information era which is fueled by ...
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Do all the co-authors of a publication own the content and may use RAW DATA, text, figure or table for their own publication?

A third co-author C of a study in 2016 available on-line (under subscription) want to re-use the data (included in the figures or tables) of this paper with for others co-authors (A, B, D, E). Co-...
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What are the pros and cons of dealing with a very large dataset in qualitative research?

What are the pros and cons of dealing with a very large amount of qualitative data as a sole researcher? Obviously, required time and resources come to mind, but what else?
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Is it possible not to have a hypothesis in your thesis? [closed]

I have been working on a research report in which forecasting is done on the basis of data, followed by an interpretation of the forecasted results. Is it possible to have that kind of research ...
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Methodology and Literature review in Masters dissertation

So I am writing my masters dissertation and its supposed to be 25000 to 30000 words. I am struggling to decide how big should Methodology and Literature review should be? Do you think 5000 words for ...
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Researcher anonymity in fieldwork

Numerous posts on this site address anonymous or pseudonymous publication, but not anonymous or pseudonymous fieldwork. There plausibly exist situations in which a researcher undertaking fieldwork ...
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How do I use internet comments in my research?

I want to use comments on the internet to gather user requirements. I plan to collect these comments, read them and decide what the person wants based on what they've written. These list of "wants" ...
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I like my supervisor but not how he does things; What do I do?

I've already got a little experience doing self-led research but not in doing setup for the domain in which I work. I really enjoy talking with my supervisor about actual research topics, but I don't ...
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Examples for non-math department students to be used for Calculus course

This semester I am a teaching assistant for Calculus. There are many students from different departments like International Relations, Economics and more taking the course. The course is comprehensive....
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Citing the procedures of a research lab

Is there a specific way to cite the unpublished procedures of a research lab, or even to use the lab itself as an information source for citation? I'm writing a mock SOP for a course that requires a ...
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Where to get random numbers for experiments? [closed]

Random numbers are needed for some types of research (for example randomized controlled clinical trials) where the quality and randomness of the numbers is really, really important. What is a best ...
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How should PhD Students/Researchers take notes? [closed]

When taking notes while studying papers or concepts I'm always torn between classic pen & paper approach, which I personally find more productive; digital approach, will make it easier to find/...
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How to write a methodology chapter in a masters thesis

Is there a standard way to set up a methodology chapter, other than just listing equipment and explaining the execution of method and analysis? I find this type of set up to look childish and too ...
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What are cautions to take with second hand data in an interview?

When analyzing second hand information in a data set (participant is recounting someone else's experience), if you cannot access that person to confirm their experience, what are some cautions to take ...
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How do active researchers start and solve a scientific problem? [closed]

There are different researchers working on different subjects. I was wondering how do they find out an "interesting" problem and then solve it. This question may sound very vague. I am PhD student in ...
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How to work on a joint math paper effectively? [closed]

Now, I am working on a joint paper with some collaborators. The research is about mathematics. This is my first experience of working in collaboration. Another author has sent a manuscript about our ...
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Hypotheses that cannot be sufficiently tested

My understanding is that a hypothesis is not scientific unless there is a way to sufficiently test it. Is it ever acceptable to present a hypothesis that cannot be sufficiently tested? I can ...
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Proper name for a new method

We developed a new method to calculate a characteristic value from measurement data. In my thesis I call the existing method 'Original Method'. However, I am not sure how to name our new method. '...
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In research paradigm's post-positivism can I prove the hypothesis instead of falsifying it? [closed]

In research paradigm's post-positivism can I prove (verify) the hypothesis instead of falsifying it? Guba, E.G. and Lincoln, Y.S., 1994. Competing paradigms in qualitative research. Handbook of ...
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How to disseminate a methodology proposal to those who may be interested?

I am currently doing research in the field of non-linear narrative design. As it is still quite a small field, few sources and set jargon is currently available that hasn't bled in from paternal ...
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Should I describe failed iterations in methodology?

I'm currently writing my Master's thesis in machine learning. My understanding of academic papers are that you describe what you did in methodology section and what the outcome was in the results ...
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How to start researching for a thesis topic [closed]

I'm senior undergraduate student who has just received a thesis project from my professor to work on for a year. However, I don't know where and how to start. What would you suggest? The project ...