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What are the key properties of the rule?

What are the key properties of the rule?


Research Methods Exam 2 02/08/2017

What are the key properties of the rule?

 Week 5-6 Notes  

 Measurement Concepts  

Key properties of rulers:

∙ Rulers are divided into segments of unit length

o Centimeters

o Inches  

∙ Units are consistent  

∙ Units are objective  

o Not always 1 inch.  

Different people might line up the ruler slightly differently

∙ Carelessness

∙ Bias  

Slight difference in difference rulers

Rulers increase measurement accuracy and consistency  


∙ The more similar the measurements are, the more reliable the  measure is.  

What is the test-retest reliability?

∙ Measurement error reduces the reliability of fish measurement.  Ex: sober measurement =low variance  

o Drunk measurement=light variance

Psychological measures  

∙ We are measuring invisible or abstract things like intelligence  ∙ We cannot trust our intuitions about whether or not we are doing a  good job.  

∙ Assessing validity becomes very important (construct validity)  *look at concept map of measurement reliability and validity  *reliability is necessary for construct validity  

Test-retest reliability  

∙ Get many participants and give each one the test twice  ∙ Does each participant get similar score on both test?  

o If yes, test is reliable  

What are the different kinds of construct validity?

-Plotting test-retest reliability  

-If the scatter is tight=similar scores  

Correlation coefficient

-statistical parameter, determined mathematically  We also discuss several other topics like What are the four ways in which evolution can occur?
Don't forget about the age old question of What are the different kinds of effectors?

-describes “strength” of a relationship between 2 variables, or how  accurately one variable can predict another  

∙ r ranges from -1 to 1

∙ 1=strongest positive relationship

∙ r=0 weakest relationship  

∙ r=-1 strongest negative relationship

Internal consistency reliability

∙ Almost any test has multiple questions or items  

∙ 1) Inter-item reliability: correlation between particular test items ∙ 2) Split half- reliability: correlation between average of items on first half of the test vs. average of items on the second half of the test  ∙ 3) Interrater reliability

o Scientist try to measure things as objectively as possible o Sometimes the only available way to measure something is to make a subjective judgment  Don't forget about the age old question of Which international legal response is in place to suppress terrorist attacks on embassies and diplomats?
We also discuss several other topics like If it makes sense, interpret the slope of regression line.

o Ex: Baby research  

Reliability vs. construct validity

∙ Reliability  

o Necessary for construct validity, but not sufficient  ∙ Construct validity  

o Is operational definition correct?  

Kinds of construct validity

∙ Face validity (subjective)

o The content of the measure appears to reflect the content  being measured  

o Essentially intuition or common sense

∙ Content Validity (subjective)

o Similar to face validity: measures all the “things” that we  known the construct to contain We also discuss several other topics like What happened to minnie foster?

o A measure of depression should attempt to measure all the  symptoms of depression  

∙ Criterion related validity (can be measured)

o Ability to predict a behavior

o A valid measure should predict membership in “known  groups”  

∙ Convergent validity (can be measured) If you want to learn more check out What are the three pillars of science & technology?

o Your measure gives the same results as another measure that  is known already to be valid

∙ Discriminant validity (can be measured)  

o Your measure should be different from other measures that  are known to validly measure a different construct  

Other measurement issues:

∙ Reactivity

∙ Kinds of measurement scales  

Reactivity of measures

∙ Alters the variables that you are trying to measure  Measurement scales  

∙ Nominal  

o No numerical or quantitative properties

o Classifies the levels of variable into categories/groups  Species of animals

 Country or origin

 Major in school

 Political party  

∙ Ordinal

o Rank orders the levels of the variable

∙ Interval

o Differences between adjacent numerals are equal  

o Zero does not mean nothing  

∙ Ratio  

o Numerical scale

Monday February 13, 2017 –Class Canceled  

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Survey Research  

-usually support frequency and association claims  

Survey Data

∙ Can provide a wealth of data about attitudes, opinions, and  potential causes of behavior on any number of topics  

Anonymity-guarantee participants their names won’t be associated  with their responses  

Confidentiality-do not disclose a participants data in individuals form  (report only aggregate results)  

∙ Only report statistics data  

With out anonymity and confidentiality respondents less willing to  answer questions about very sensitive topics like marital issues or illegal  practices  

-Questions on questionnaires or surveys are called “items”  Type of questionnaire items

∙ Open ended  

o Introduces a topic and allows each participant to respond in  his own words

o Advantages-information more complete

o Disadvantages

 Participants may not understand what you are looking  for

 Answers may be too brief or unclear

 Summarizing data difficult  

∙ Restricted  

o Limited number of specific response alternatives  

o Advantages

 Limited set of responses

 Ordered sets of responses gives quantitative  


o Disadvantages  

 Information not as rich

 Missing alternatives  

∙ Partially Open-Ended

o Similar to restricted items, but with an “other”

∙ Rating Scaled  

o Participants rate the question on a likert scale  

o Labeling the categories  

 Anchors

o Potential problem

 Sometimes people have bias towards one end of the  scale

o This is a kind of response set

o Sematic differential

 Anchors are concepts, rather than agree/disagree or  

very little/very much  

o Advantage

 Interval level information

o Disadvantage

 Encourage some response sets

Response Sets

-is any tendency to always respond the same way (always yes or  always 4)  

Writing Good items  

-use simple words, avoid jargon  

-make questions short and easy to understand  

-ask for one piece of information at a time  

Like all measurement…

-you need to be concerned about the reliability and construct validity  of your survey  


∙ Test-Retest

∙ Split-half/inter-item reliability  

-Assessing Validity

∙ content validity  

∙ convergent/discriminant validity  

∙ Criterion-based validity  

            Choosing participants and sampling  


∙ Large group including all potential participants  

∙ May be defined in many ways  


∙ Small subgroup of participants chosen from the population              Sampling and generalization  

-Goal of some research is to infer properties of the population from the  properties of the sample  

Generalization-degree to which the properties of the sample can be  used to infer the properties of the population  

-generalization is only possible with a representative sample ∙ sufficiently large

∙ sufficiently random  

Random sample: a sample in which every member of the population  has an equal change of being chosen

Nonrandom: a sample from a specialized population  

Random sampling techniques  

∙ Simple random sampling

o Randomly select a sample from the population

o Usually requires a list of population members

o Random digit dialing is variant used with telephone surveys  ∙ Stratified Sampling

o Used to obtain a diverse sample

o Population is divided into demographic strata  

o A random sample is drawn from each stratum  

o Guarantees that a chosen set of population is represented  ∙ Cluster sampling  

o Used when population are very large

o The unit of sampling is a group rather than individuals  o Groups are randomly sampled from the population  ∙ Multistage sampling

o Variant of cluster sampling

o First, identify large clusters and randomly sample from the  population

o Second, sample smaller units from randomly selected clusters Non-random sampling  

∙ In reality, what we tend to do is sample only from members of a  population that are east to find  


∙ Internet research

o Participants are self-selected volunteers, know how to use  computers, have access to computers, internet savvy

o Two ways to demonstrate the validity of internet research   Compare internet with non-internet results

 Compare internet results with theoretical predictions  

∙ Convenience sampling

o Take participants from the easiest possible source

∙ Purposive sampling

o Sample non-randomly from a population of interest  

o Not a random sample because you are at a particular place at  a particular time  

∙ Quota sampling  

o The non-random version of a stratified sample: we ensure that our sample has particular proportions of desired populations  o Seek sub-populations of interest; ensure that they make up  specific proportions of your sample  

-The goal of most research: predict from the general to the specific  -must rarer that the exact results of your experiment will be applied to the  general population

Sample Size

-select an economic sample

-the weaker relationship between variables, the larger the sample needed to  detect it

Power analysis

∙ Input parameters of your study  

∙ Will tell you how many participants you need, of how likely you  would be to detect an effect given a particular sample size

 Week 7 Notes  

 Bivariate correlational research  

Correlational designs support association claims

-claims about the relationship between measured variables  Construct validity vs. statistical validity  

Mehl et al. 2010

Measured variables:


∙ Operational definition: subjective well being scale  

Deep talk  

∙ Operational definition: daily conversations sampled using EAR  device  

∙ Raters coded whether each recorded conversation was “deep” of  substantive as opposed to idle chit-chat.  

Construct validity  

-does the deep talk measure actually measure deep talk? ∙ Reliability

∙ Face validity  

Does the well-being scale adequately measure well being? ∙ Reliability

∙ Criterion based validity

∙ Convergent Validity

External validity

∙ Does this result generalize to other population?  

t (-5 and 5) and r (-1,1) are both ways to express effect size  

            Statistical validity  

∙    Effect size  

o Another way to refer to how well one variable predicts another variable  

o If one variable predicts another variable=large effect size  o The better our predictions, the larger our “effect size”  

Variance is a way to express how “spread out” values of a variable are Variance=sum of squares/degrees of freedom


N=number of subjects of observations

Df: degrees of freedom,  

SS: sum of squares  

Explained variance- based on the SS distances from the predicted  values to the mean

Unexplained variance- based on the distance from actual data to line of best fit  

Explained Variance + Residual variance =total DV variance  

Proportion of explained variance is equal to r^2 (R^2)

 Statistical significance-allows us to determine if a relationship between variables has been observed by chance

-whenever we measure two variables, r will NEVER BE ZERO p=probability  

            Threats to statistical significance 

 Outliers in the data

∙ not representative of the population  

∙ could indicate measurement error or unusual circumstances  ∙ can change a significant result to not significant or vice versa  Restriction of range

∙ If one of the variables has only a narrow range of scores, correlation is reduced  

Curvilinear relationships  

∙ Bivariate correlations only detect linear relationships  

∙ Some curvilinear relationships will give an r of 0.  

Wednesday February 22, 2017

            Correlation and causality  

One reason: the relationship could be caused by a third variable  -when there is a third variable, the predictor and the DV will be  statically correlated, but have no actual causal relationship  -We can never rule out all possible third variables in a correlational  design  

-the first test to see if a third variable accounts for a relationship  between variable A and variable B: the third variable must be correlated with both variable A and variable B

-The second test: variable A and variable B are NOT related when we  hold the third variable constant

Holding a variable constant: look at only one value of the variable at a  time  

            Multiple Correlational Research  

Bivariate studies look at relationships between two variables  

Statistically: multiple regression analysis

Theoretically: pattern and parsimony  

Preconditions for concluding causation

∙ CoVariation  

∙ Temporal precedence

∙ Internal validity (no third variable)  

-Study on Barros, Silver and Stein 2009  

Regression Analysis  

∙ One DV

∙ Multiple predictors  

∙ Beta  

∙ P

P tells us if beta is significant or not  

-the predictor is related to the DV when holding the other predictors constant -Mediating Variables-a variable that forms a link in a causal chain between  two other variables

-Mediating variables explain WHY two variables are related  ∙ A is related to B  

∙ A affects C and C affects B  

Moderating variables: a variable that affects the relationship between  two other variables

Moderating variables place limitations on WHEN two variables are  related  

∙ A is related to B but ONLY SOMETIMES

∙ A is only related to B when C has a certain value

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