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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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When replicating results, what should I do when the author didn't use the method the paper said they did?

I am replicating a model to report on how well it does on a new evaluation metric I am proposing. The method/hyperparameters of the model are given in a paper about it, where it breaks all benchmarks ...
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Do I have to be concerned about self-plagiarism in a short accessible methods description?

I published a methods paper about a data analysis method (in cognitive neuroscience), and I'm now working as a co-author with colleagues on two experimental papers using that method. Since the main ...
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What exactly is “quantification”?

As I’m writing my final words within a research paper, I was curious regarding the term quantification of results. Namely I’ve performed a correlation analysis in a quasi-experiment. The research is ...
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Should you keep a notebook of example problems while going through science and engineering courses?

I find myself constantly being told I should not intentionally jot down example problems but understand the core logic of a topic. But some of my high level math classes tend to have very few examples ...
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What is the meaning of “formalism” in a scientific paper? What is the structure of such paper? [closed]

I see some papers that aim to present a formalism for something. First, what probably they are going to do? (for example in the field of computer science) Second, what is the methodology and main ...
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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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Is it appropriate to describe our methodological mistakes in manuscript?

I work outside academia, but am working on a project with a master's student. During data collection, we had some skip-logic errors pop up while administering the survey online and it resulted in some ...
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Is the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methodology still significant today? [closed]

Some scholarly articles explain in detail the epistemological and ontological differences of the two methods, while some argue that the distinction between them is now blurred. I try to reconcile this ...
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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 do evaluation when the methodology is unique?

When it comes to the evaluation of a methodology (or an algorithm (CS)) we usually see how well the methodology actually is by comparing it with other similar methods that achieve the same thing. ...
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Books/resources about how to write a good Thesis introduction

I would like to know if there is any reference book about this topic. I found the "They Say/ I say" book useful to write the Thesis discussion, but feel I need some guidelines on how to tackle this ...
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How to structure of a Ph.D. sandwich thesis?

I would like to know the main structure of this kind of thesis. Although some guidelines can be taken from this post, additional details would be appreciated. When building the introduction, I feel ...
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Research-methodology book in the form of a dialogue between professor and student

I am looking for a research-methodology book, which is in the form of a dialogue between a professor and a student. Once I had this book and it is very helpful. Unfortunately, I lost it and do not ...
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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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What should I include as “evidence of effective teaching methods?”

I'm in literature and applying for a tenure-track position. One of my job applications is asking for "evidence of effective teaching methods" as one of the documents I am to submit. Does anyone ...
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Is there research on the extent to which complexity of the proposed method(s) impacts the acceptance rate?

I heard this speaker at IJCAI complained that his paper got rejected because the methods he used were too simple despite the results being highly competitive (twice the state of the art, at least ...
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Is the development of an original/novel method a contribution to knowledge worthy of a PhD?

A PhD is supposed to be an "original contribution to knowledge". In my own PhD (in an area of Earth Science) I have so far focused on developing a particular method of computer modeling that will ...
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Research Methodology Books for beginners in Computer Science research

I am looking for Research Methodology textbooks in the field of Computer Science. Most books I came across are useful to social science, economics etc. In our part of the world a person who wants to ...
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Can we first claim and then find the evidence when we write the literature review (i.e., using confirmatory technique)?

I have a question regarding a researcher’s practice in writing. Let me give you some background about this issue. Here’s what this researcher does when writing introductions and literature reviews. ...
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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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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 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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Method and content in selecting a social science dissertation project

General question: When working in an area of social science where method matters just as much as content (i.e., theory, question), how does one choose which should be the starting point for a ...
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Does starting a question with 'what is the impact of' make a good qualitative research question?

I am studying the impact of the internet on a cultural practice in my country. I have been working on this project for months. I have already started data collection and analysis. However, lately I've ...
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Should limitations of a methodology with proposed solutions be discussed in the Limitations Section?

My methodology is online ethnography. This methodology has certain limitations such as identity play, falsification, and artificiality of data. However, its proponents have suggested some strategies ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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Are there standard example research papers for teaching methodology and experiments?

Are there recommended or standard published papers (not books) that show great research methodology/ scientific methods? I am trying to help out a friend who is in business and they are trying to ...
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Should I justify the organization of chapters and sections in the research paper?

I am using a research handbook written by Creswell to guide me in writing my Bachelor's Thesis. Specifically, I followed his research design model. Should I justify why I structured my Methods ...
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How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes [closed]

This has been a plague upon my performance for what seems like all my life (or all my graded life). No, it's not an 100, it's a 98 because of calling bromine a gas carelessly. No, it's not a 6/6, it'...