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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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Solution of St venant equations using fortran [on hold]

I tried to write code to solve st venant continuity and momentum equations in FORTRAN 90, with given slope and rainfall and find out the discharge. But I stuck in the procedure to find overland flow ...
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What should I take in consideration when planning a Design Science Research?

I am planning a proposal for a thesis (on Forecasting Daily Energy Prices), in which I need to select the methodology and define its phases. As I intend to develop new technologies and/or solve ...
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Who gets to access a case study database and how?

In Case Study Research, Yin (2003) states the importance to build a case study database, in order to increase the reliability of the findings. "...without a case study database, the raw data may ...
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Acceptability of 'not possible' for master thesis research [duplicate]

I am currently working on my (Computer Science) master thesis, and have been doing so now for about 5-6 months. The default time for thesis work at my university is about 9 months. Aspects such as ...
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What's a “methodological approach” for research (Master's thesis)?

I'm going to apply for a Master's program. Although I'm not going to change my general field of study, I'm going to change my 'track' (from Information Technology to Geoinformatics). In the ...
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How to choose and validate interdisciplinary research methodology?

How to formalize the following research consideration towards research methodology selection and validation? That is, I consider to establish and validate interdisciplinary foundations for a ...
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Research advertising as a recruitment method [closed]

If I would to advertise my research project in magazine to recruit participants, do you know what the steps will be? Thank you everyone
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How to properly use paid participation survey in my research? [closed]

My field of study is business communication and I tried to gather responses for my survey by contacting target audience by email directly, however response rates were next to 0%. Now I'm considering ...
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Can you use brand names in a research survey

I a currently designing a research survey and would like to use company brand names such as 'Apple' for participants to rate their preferred organisational attributes against. Is this ethical?
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Is qualitative method welcomed by editors/reviewers? [closed]

I've written two papers, one using a qualitative method and the other one using a mixed method. Although I think that every method is significant in its own area of research, however, based on my ...
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Blockage management for projects

I am currently a Computer Science undergraduate in my final year. I think this question applies to more than just Computer Science students, so I'll make it as general as possible. Throughout my ...
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Is it valid to aggregate multiple participant recruitment sources? [closed]

For example, let's say you use Amazon Mechanical Turk for participant recruitment. What if you now also use online message boards? Can you aggregate the data together as long as the procedure for both ...
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Systematic observation vs survey: thinking about validity [closed]

Please, I will perform a systematic observation (naturalistic observation) over a group of users. As my observation will be completely non-obtrusive, I can not gather detailed data directly on each ...
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What style to choose MLA or APA? [closed]

I will be writing an essay about Brexit and I am confused on which style of writing to use.
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How to create a hypothesis for a historical research? [closed]

When writing a dissertation or a thesis about history, students and researchers are asked to state a problem and a hypothesis for that problem. My question is how to state a problem and a hypothesis ...
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Is it unethical to use not your real name when asking for questionnaire survey?

I'm going to conduct an email-based questionnaire survey, but I would like to avoid sharing my real name/affiliation. In part, I'm curious if sender's name is actually going to affect response rate ...
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Checking sample solutions during exercise sessions [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 to refer to a methodology that consists of jumping from reference to reference?

I got a paper accepted for a data science conference. It has a more "philosophical" tone and does not talk about any concrete method from data science, but more about how data science should be ...
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Is it okay to use somebody else’s methodology in my own paper (with proper citations) or is this plagiarism?

My research is a content analysis about portrayal of mental illness in films. The research I wanted to base my methodology is also about mental-illness representation. My research questions differ to ...
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What is the h-index exactly and how does it work?

What is the h-index, and how does it work ?
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Author contributions include statements about experiment not conducted in study

I am a graduate student submitting a computational biology paper for peer review. It is intended to be a “methodology paper” for the journal. Our paper uses new methodology to analyze several public ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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What is the difference between a Panel Study and a Cohort Study? [closed]

I am having a special subject named "Methodologies of Scientific Research" in which there is a reference on Panel Studies and Cohort Studies for conducting a longitudinal survey. I am confused to what ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to mention in your introduction to your research methodology chapter

My supervisor told me that I should write paragraph in which I introduce the problem that will be addressed by this chapter (research methodology). What are some of the key aspects I should focus on?...
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How should a social scientist deal with envy of disciplines that are more quantitatively rigorous?

I am a student in social science who got into quantitative research at the start of my graduate school. Since then, I have had the valuable opportunity to take many Statistics classes and become aware ...
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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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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 ...