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High Response Rates Hurt Data Quality

High Response Rates Hurt Data Quality

An irony of survey researchers’ obsession with high response rates is that higher response rates often hurt data quality.  How can that be?  It happens because aggressive recruiting boosts the participation of people who provide less reliable information.  Two academic articles published in a special issue of Public Opinion Quarterly on “total survey error” nicely…

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A Statistically Significant Cartoon

A Statistically Significant Cartoon

In Turning Data into Stories we pointed out that numbers have no inherent meaning.  There are no essentially big or small or significant numbers, for example—they only become big or small or significant within the context of specific research questions and a range of possible answers. The same is true for p-values by which we…

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Testing Your Data for Illusions

Here’s a useful way to think about statistical significance.  When looking at your data, what’s the probability that it looks like something is there, when in fact nothing is there.  Randomness in data (because of sampling) often causes illusions.  So testing for significance is all about measuring whether the patterns we see in our data…

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Scrolling vs. Paging on Mobile Surveys

Scrolling vs. Paging on Mobile Surveys

As more and more people use smartphones and mobile devices to fill out surveys, basic survey design decisions need to be revisited again and again.  How should surveys be laid out visually?  How should answer scales be constructed?  How should people be recruited to take surveys? Some of the latest answers to these questions come…

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Cool Christmas Drawings with R

Cool Christmas Drawings with R

Every day I get a digest of new posts from R-Bloggers, a community of 555+ bloggers who are devoted to using R and sharing what they learn with others. Even though you can’t learn how to use R by reading these posts, once you’ve jumped into the world of R with an in-depth tutorial or…

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Train Wreck Infographics

When we published our July 2014 newsletter on How to Make Spectacular Infographics, we spent some time looking for examples of poorly done infographics. Ultimately we decided to focus only on the positive “what-to-do” for infographics instead of the negative “what-not-to-do,” so we set those examples aside. Well, along comes the latest news magazine from…

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