Questions tagged [methodology]

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

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any research on applying Agile/Extreme/Lean methods in academic research?

I've been enjoying quite a lot of literature, all published within the last ten years, on how to handle projects, ideas, development, thinking, and so in with processes like Extreme, Agile, or Lean. ...
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How to get credit for a new method that I invented? [closed]

I'm a PhD student, and I invented a new method to assist and semi-automate the writing process. Since I need to add more papers to my CV I decided to teach some of my PhD student colleges the method ...
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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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Methodology as a Body of Methods?

I'm currently having a hard time understanding if authors are using the word methodology correctly, or if their papers should be classified as BS. Hence, I set out to get a better feeling for the ...
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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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Response to desk return of PLOS submission

I recently submitted to PLOS One. The manuscript was returned before sending to review, with a general comment Please ensure that your search strategy is adequately described such that another ...
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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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What's the best way to justify your choice of baseline methods for academic paper?

As the title states I'm curious how to justify the choice of baseline methods for academic paper when proposing a novel algorithm/method. For example, when proposing an algorithm, there is a suite of ...
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What Kind of Research Method is this?

This is something I've been confused ever since I started my undergraduate research. My research related to User Interfaces. Based on some of the previous years undergraduate research or from some ...
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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 ...
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How do I talk about methodology mistakes In a scientific project report?

I'm writing up my 3rd year engineering project (The equivalent of a dissertation in other subjects), and I'm struggling to write the chapter in which my method failed I couldn't get any results. My ...
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How to overcome preconceived ideas about social scientists?

I have the opposite problem to this question. Often when I talk to someone from a 'hard' scientific field I am 'taught' how statistics work or how programming works. It is a bit like being mansplained ...
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Method/tactic to extracting information from articles

I am generally curious to hear what sort of technique/method people have to extract information from scientific articles, in order to write e.g. introductions. I for instance, normally read an ...
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Qualitative data but quantitative outcome; what type of research methodology is this?

Following are the steps, how I am working on a project: Qualitative approaches to collect data Forming criteria from collected data Mapping criteria to function Getting a matheimatical function to ...
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How does a PhD student go about doing a meta analysis of a research question?

I just thought that I would put this question out here because I am currently working on a meta analysis of a particular research question in my field (HCI/information science). Moreover, this ...
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Can a method of research used in one context be reused in a different research context?

Is it permissible to reuse a methodology in another context. e.g. One did a research on land surface temperature(LST) based on a model, say for it. Now is it legit to follow all the procedures of ...
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Someone else's PhD student is not getting proper advising on methods. Should I interfere? How?

As in the title, someone else's PhD student is doing things that are clearly wrong in terms of statistical methodology. Because it is a field of social sciences where statistical methodology is not so ...
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Literature search methodology for non-academics?

I moved straight into the professional world after my bachelor's degree, and have no experience with formal research of any sort. Recently, however, my university has granted alumni access to a large ...
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Ref. request : book or survey about conducting experimental studies

I am currently conducting researches that are almost mainly theoretical (I am a TCS researcher gone rogue = I also work on applying theory stuff to real life problems). In the future I plan to conduct ...
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Are P-hacking and hypothesising after results are known considered misconduct in academia?

This question is inspired by a comment to another question where I asked for help on how to argue against P-hacking and hypothesising after results are known (Harking). Someone questioned the ...
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How to argue against questionable research practices such as P-hacking and Harking?

I have come into conflict with co-authors when being asked to do things that I consider to be questionable. Once I was told to try every possible specification of a dependent variable (count, ...
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Help with qualitative research [closed]

Starting from the top, I am a student in Europe and I need to write a management project for my bacelour graduate work. First everything was smooth, I chose appropriate topic, made a reasonable ...
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Classifying empirical and non-empirical research in the social sciences

I am looking for a definition or a classification system (or a reference to an existing system) that can be used to reliably classify a very large set of articles into empirical vs. non-empirical ...
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What tradeoffs are there between internal and external validity? [closed]

I was reading through an article about research design. The authors gave an example on the relation between internal and external validity which I thought might be an important area of consideration ...
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What does “principled approach” mean in papers?

I encounter this term "principled approach" in some papers of computer science. Since I' m not a native speaker, I don' t quite understand what this means. And I didn' t find any results online. I' m ...
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Can invention of UI/UX or a programming syntax become a publication? [closed]

In my opinion, UI/UX (user interface / user experience) or programming syntax are just like a piece of art. Some people will like your work, some won’t – it depends on a number of factors varying ...