RES 710 Week 1 Discussion: Foundation of Statistics
Discussion Topic for RES 710 Week 1 Discussion
Students need to contribute SIX substantive posts in this discussion for attendance per week based on academic policies. The substantive posts can be any combination of responses and replies. Please choose six questions to respond from the followings.
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What is the research process? What stages are involved in the research process according to Frankfort-Nachmias and Leon-Guerrero (2018)?
Discuss briefly three major research methods. Which research method and design would you like to use in your study? Why?
Define population and sample. Provide an example to illustrate population and sample in research.
Define dependent variable and independent variable. Provide an example to illustrate dependent and independent variables.
Discuss the process for selecting/identifying variables for a research study. What factors determine how variables are measured?
What are three levels of measurement according to Frankfort-Nachmias and Leon-Guerrero (2018)? Distinguish them and provide examples to illustrate the definitions.
Define descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.
What is sampling? Please provide an example.
What is hypothesis? Are all hypotheses derived directly from theories?
Discuss different types of graphs that you learned in graphic presentation of data in Chapter 2.
Compare and contrast frequency and percentage distribution for nominal, ordinal, and interval-ratio variables that you learned in Chapter 2.
Define reliability and validity. Discuss the relationship between measurement reliability and validity in the research process. Should measurement reliability and validity be considered when data are used to inform organizational decisions? Justify your response.
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