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STAT 113 Mixable Assignment Political Surveys 60 points total Big picture You will need to post a comparison of one political survey question asked by two separate surveys The topic needs to relate to an election but it can be about a hot topic related to the election like the economy terrorism immigration whether pollsthe media are biased etc or about the candidates themselves It does not have to be about the current election past elections are ok too The two surveys should be different by organization asking the questions date of the surveys survey methods etc You cannot use the same questionsurvey combination as any other student in your class You also must make 4 statistically intelligent and valid comments on other people39s posts Remember to keep the discussion civil and statistical not to ght with each other over politics Any comments viewed as attacks will receive a 0 Read over the entire document to get the details of exactly What is required Statistics are everywhere in the media Some are used well and some are not As part of the goal of STAT 113 you will become a savvy media statistics consumer This project is not meant to be completed in one night You are expected to be keeping your eyes open for statistics in the media over the whole semester You will read something in a newspaper in a magazine and on websites You will hear about statistics in radio reports like on National Public Radio You will see statistics on television and on YouTube See the course schedule for the due date It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last minute to try to nd these links to articles Since your article needs to be unique stories not posted by any other student and your comments on other students39 postings need to be thoughtful it is to your advantage to work steadily in advance on these With the uniqueness requirement this assignment will be much easier for the people who get an earlier start Have fun with this assignment If you work on it a little bit each day you might actually enjoy it Students are generally a little timid in the beginning but once they get going and know what to look for the assignment gets much easier Student feedback on this assignment is generally positive at the end of the semester One student described it as a quottreasure huntquot Other students talked about how they never realized before that statistics really is all around them and this assignment opened their eyes and showed them why they were required to take this class ASK FOR HELP if you are having trouble The TAs are a great resource for you and they will post an example for you in your Mixable post at the beginning of the semester Here are some websites which might be helpful to you wwwcnncom wwwfoxnewscom httpsurveysaporg wwwusatodaycom httpwwwpeonlepressordduestionsearch httppollinqreuterscom wwwnprorg httpfivethirtyeightcom wwwtimecom httpwwwrealclearpoliticscomepollslatestpolls Your post 0 Choose a hot topic that is important to an election Some examples include choice of candidate immigration the economy terrorism bias in the media however there are many more topics possible Be creative and pick something you are interested in You are not choosing an entire survey just one speci c question The election does not have to be the current 2016 US presidential election You could choose older elections state or local elections or elections in other countries Tag your topic and also begin your post with this topic 0 Find two separate surveys that ask the same general question about your topic Include the links to both of these surveys The more different these surveys are the easier they will be to discuss Pay close attention to the wording of the question and the survey methods used by these surveying organizations including the date of the surveys Think of potential sources of bias by each survey organization If the dates are different look at what might have been important in the news right before each survey was asked Discuss similarities and differences between these surveys Talk about what could be done better 0 Your post must be unique Try to choose a topic nobody else in your class has chosen However if you absolutely must use a topic another student has used your survey choices and discussion must be very different No matter which topic you choose your discussion should be unique 0 If a survey doesn t give you all the information you need about how it was conducted then it was not a good survey to choose and you should nd a different one These are the questions that you must discuss in your Mixable post 40 points total 1 2 points quotTagquot your post with the survey question topic using the little tag symbol and also writing it as the rst word in your post For example quotimmigrationquot or quotDonaldTrumpPresidentquot 2 2 points Begin with a sentence about what your topic is and why you chose it 3 8 points Include a link to the two surveys and state the name of the organizations conducting the surveys These surveytopic combinations must be unique nobody else in the class before you can have used them Mixable probably will let you link only one survey directly to the post so if you can39t link the other in the post write it in the rst comment below your post 4 2 points Do some online research to see if the survey organizations you chose are generally considered biased in any way Explain what you found 5 6 points What were the dates for each survey Do some online research to see if any big news events happened in the week right before the survey Explain what you found 6 6 points For each survey report the exact wording of the survey question asked to the individuals Comment on whether the wording might be biased or unclear in any way 7 6 points What was the sample size for each survey Did the survey state how much nonresponse there was when selected individuals were contacted 8 6 points Who was in the sample for each survey and how were they contacted Do you think there was any undercoverage Explain your answer 9 2 points Name the sampling method simple random sample strati ed random sample voluntary response convenience sample used by each survey Commenting on other people39s posts 20 points total You are also required to make at least 4 comments on posts from other people worth 5 points each for a total of 20 points Note Only 1 comment per person per post will receive credit so don39t try to do 4 comments on just 1 post The goal is to get you reading and commenting on lots of different posts These comments must be thoughtful indicate that you have thoroughly read the post links and any previous comments on that article and add to the level of discussion on the statistical concepts Just as with everything we do in this course please keep in mind that it39s important to be respectful of each other and to engage in professional dialogue Your political preference should not be represented in your discussion Potential comment ideas to get you started 0 Do you disagree with anything the original poster wrote Be detailed Which survey do you think is better from a statistical perspective Why 0 Can you think of ways to improve either of the surveys You should check back on your original posts periodically to see if your instructor or fellow students had questionscomments for you to answer
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