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Research Methods, Week 12 notes

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Research Methods, Week 12 notes Psych 305

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Date Created: 04/17/16
Chapter 12 Understanding Research Results: Description  Data can be analyzed by comparing group percentages. Ex: examining if race has  anything to do with crime. You would investigate the crime rates for each race.   Correlations are used to show relationships between variables not tested in experimental  groups.   Frequency Distribution: the number of people who receive each score on a variable.   Pie chart: a chart showing percentages  Bar graph: a graph representing each distinct piece of info.   Frequency polygon: a graph using a line of best bit.   Descriptive Statistics: research describing specific data.   Central tendency: explains the overall sample.  Mean: average  Median: middle number  Mode: # occurring most often  Variability: the amount of spread in a distribution  Standard deviation: deviation of scores from the mean on average.   Variance: the square of the standard deviation.   Bar or line graphs are most common with variables.   Correlation coefficient: a # showing how strong of a relationship two variables have.   Pearson product­moment correlation coefficient: used when both variables have scale  properties.   The correlation shows 2 things:  o The coefficient always lies between ­1 and 1. The closer to ­1or 1, the stronger the correlation. o A positive number shows a positive correlation. A negative number shows a  negative correlation.  o A scatterplot is used to graph correlations.   People in a sample can sometimes be homogeneous.  Effect size: the strength of which 2 variables are related to one another.   After data results are described the researcher must then state if they found significant  results.   Regression equation: this is used to predict a person’s variable score.   Multiple correlation: many factors contributing to a certain result. Ex: high school  grades, ACT score, and letters of recommendation can all predict college success.   Third variables can contribute to both variables in a correlation. Ex: time spent on social  media can influence both time spent studying and grades received.   Partial correlation: a way to help control 3  variables.   Path analysis: a diagram showing arrows leading to each variable. 


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