Thinking ahead

8 Nov

One of the most important things you can do in planning your research is to plan your statistics and data entry.  Before you collect your data, be sure that you know what your data will look like and how you will enter these into a statistical program. Will you enter two numbers or 200 numbers?  Will you run a t-test? If so, how you you plan to enter your numbers? Before you begin your final project, be sure to make an SPSS datafile and enter some mock data.  There is nothing worse than collecting your data- just to learn that you did not obtain data in the form that you needed.  When in doubt, ask yourself “What is the Question?” Then be sure that you obtain data and enter these data in a way that answers your question.  

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