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How Many Bots Took Your Survey?

How Many Bots Took Your Survey?

Almost certainly more than you think. If you are purchasing access to survey respondents from panel providers, or from survey software providers, or from any other source beyond your own list (and even then, how carefully are you controlling access to your survey?) you are probably getting fraudulent data from automated bots or from survey-taker…

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What Rose to the Top in 2016

What Rose to the Top in 2016

Google Analytics is a great example of how powerful OR how utterly useless data can be. If you let your analytics lead you around, and you search and search, and try all those variations and data cuts hoping to land on the “actionable insight” that Google always promises—trust me, you will fail. But if you…

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A Fun and Easy Way to Try R

A Fun and Easy Way to Try R

Data wonks have more fun than you may think. If you have not yet begun working with the R statistical program (which is mesmerizing, extremely powerful, hard to learn, but weirdly intuitive, and FREE) then here is a fun and relatively easy way to give it a test drive. It is becoming a tradition that,…

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The Best Way to Stop Survey Cheaters

The Best Way to Stop Survey Cheaters

Using surveys to “quiz” people about their knowledge (versus asking them about their attitudes or behaviors) is tricky. First, online surveys make it easy for people to look up answers they may not otherwise know. Second, people want to get quiz answers right, and so they are motivated to cheat. This is the reason I…

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Why You Need 4-Point Scales

Why You Need 4-Point Scales

One of the “best practices” for survey research I learned in graduate school and then early in my career is this: Survey measurement scales should have at least five points. Presumably that provides enough room for variation, and it provides a neutral midpoint as well. But it is not true. Or, like all best practices,…

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200 Chart Choices with R

200 Chart Choices with R

The R statistical package is an amazingly powerful and versatile tool for data analysis and data visualization. When it comes to graphics and charts, here is one reason: It has foundational plotting tools that can be adapted in infinitely many ways to create (and invent) many more types of charts than you will find in…

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How Much Incentive You Should Pay

How Much Incentive You Should Pay

If you have trouble getting people to fill out your surveys, you ought to be paying them. There is nothing wrong with it. It does not mess up your data with phony information that people were paid to provide. On the contrary, paying an appropriate incentive helps signal the importance of your survey such that…

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