[tweetmeme source=”lovestats” only_single=false]If you’re bored and have a few hours to spare, here are a few conversation topics that are sure to grab the attention of researchers.
Or, if you just want a quick MR quiz, you can count how many times you get angry at one of these topics.
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In no particular order…
- The internet may not be private but researchers must respect the presumed personal space in social networks
- There is no such thing as random probability sampling in research with people
- Statistics are guides and thought provokers, not indicators of truth (, justice and the american way)
- Researchers don’t know how to make quality charts
- Researchers are the cause of poor survey design, not clients
- Researchers are much to blame for the decline in survey response rates and survey panel retention
- Researchers are scared to say no to clients and won’t say it even when they should
- Conference presenters need to stop rehashing old material and start teaching new material
- Pie charts must never be used
Oops, that’s only 9. But still, count up how many of those statements made you think “I beg to differ!”
0: Cream Puff: You acquiesce and have no opinions of your own. You are dumped from my dataset.
1 to 3: Capable: You have some of your own opinions and you know what matters in research. That’s good. We can be friends. Go buy me cookies.
4 to 7: Critic: You have the guts to say no to a client. Good for you! But, you need to get your act together because you’re not getting it.
8 or 9: Combatant: You’re disagreeing on purpose! You too are dumped from my dataset
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