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Combining multiple ordinal scales into one?

I am conducting an analysis in which political trust is my dependent variable. The survey data I am using has three questions on political trust (trust in politicians, trust in parliament, trust in ...
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Applying machine learning on a point cloud dataset

I have multiple 3d models in ply format. These models are archeological imprints. And I have to make a model to classify the dataset according to their imprint type. I have 4 different classes. I use ...
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Control compared to 4 treatment groups

I'm not very strong as far as stats go, and not super familiar with this site, so I'm sorry if any formatting is wrong here. I've tried searching for this answer but I'm still lost. I'm interested in ...
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What social/economic/political domains are typ. easier-harder to forecast ? Are there benchmark estimates of accuracy for such time series forecasts?

For the report of the results from the Behavioral and Social Science Forecasting Collaborative Tournament I organized during the first COVID year, our team is trying to identify good benchmarks for ...
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How to model panel data with both time-variant and time-constant variables?

I am currently researching in the field of foreign aid, interested what effects certain criteria between donor and recipient have on the level of foreign aid a recipient state is provided. More ...
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Formulate the experiment strategy

I performed an experiment in which I have three conditions, the baseline as the control compared to two other treatment conditions in a between-subject design, can I formulate this study as a 1x3 ...
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how statistic results of these two question types are equal? and how we can find this?

I am trying to make a better user experience for my poll application and one of the ideas I had for that was breaking multi choices polls into binary polls. how the statistical result of a question ...
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Modeling voting paradoxes through Monte Carlo Simulations

Recently, I have been reading about voting paradoxes, more specifically the Condorcet paradox which states that there is no majority will. With other words, it may be difficult to aggregate individual ...
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Analytic approaches for investigating effects of war exposure on refugee children?

Long-term reader, first time poster here. I am facing a series of statistical challenges and am looking for new insight. I’ll be as brief as possible. I am working with an existing dataset from ...
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Struggling to find a good Instrumental Variable for Housing Tenure (Social housing)

As part of some research, i am examining the impact of living in social housing on youth violence at a borough level (London). The explanatory variable (social housing) clearly exhibits endogeneity ...
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questions about the use of clustering in social science

I'm a student in social science. Recently i'm learning clustering, but I really can't understand how can we use clustering in our social science research. For example, I use the 'gender consciousness' ...
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Distinguish between and within variations to understand which one dominates

I'm currently working on social origin effects on first wage of graduates. Specifically, I'm firstly testing whether horizontal dimension of education can have some mediating effects and subsequently ...
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Finding the level of measurement

I am confused about this question where I am asked to determine the level of measurement for the variable/data. Also, identifying an appropriate measure of central tendency. The question is -> How ...
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What's the best test to detect a disproportionate impact?

I work for a public agency and want to determine if we are serving neighborhoods equally regardless of their socioeconomic status. We have a number of facilities, each in a different neighborhood. We ...
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Calculating the Townsend Deprivation Statistic

The Townsend deprivation statistic (sometimes referred to as the deprivation score or deprivation index) is a measure of social inequality. It was first published in Health and Deprivation: Inequality ...
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Difference-in-differences where treatment is applied multiple times

I am working on a project and I would like to try a difference-in-differences approach. I want to study how increases in network affect some outcome variable. Basically, I defined "treatment"...
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Is there any formal statistical theory of social science research in which researchers often have to reinterpret the same data?

When the scientist can control variables and design experiments, standard statistics (hypothesis testing, etc) applies. If needed, the scientist can always redo an experiment to get more data. In much ...
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Sample Obtained is it Random Sample?

I feel embarrassed but I am confused with the below question. An interviewer plans to stand at an entrance to a popular shopping mall and conduct interviews. $$$$Is the below statement true? $$$$ ...
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What is social science and discussion about Type II error preference?

Today, my senior lecturer in economics and finance class teaching about laws impact companies' operation told us one sentence "Also keep in mind that in (at least social) science, we care (try to ...
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How to prove that one index can serve as a substitute for another? Both indexes represented as time series for the same period

I have two indexes, where one was calculated using the traditional approach and another was calculated using a new experimental approach. Both indexes are represented as short time series (N<12) ...
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Understanding a simple post-hoc power analysis of effect size

I am trying to understand a relatively straightforward paragraph found in "Gun Shows and Gun Violence: Fatally Flawed Study Yields Misleading Results" by Wintermute et al that appeared in ...
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What are differences between industrial statistics and social science statistics/econometrics that are potential stumbling blocks?

Main question up front: what are differences between econometrics/social science statistics that and industrial statistics that people switching between the two should be are of? I got a PhD in ...
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Graphing Regression Results with Insignificant Coefficients

Consider investigating an interaction using a linear regression with the specification: Y = β0 + β1X + β2M + β3X*M + e Where: $$ \begin{array}{c} & \text{Coefficients} & \text{Sig.} \\ \...
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How to replicate a vulnerability index?

I have a dataset with socioeconomic information of the poorest households of a country. Each observation is associated with a vulnerability index (in a 0-100 scale) calculated using some of the ...
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Dichotomous independent variable on power-law distribution

Background For my master thesis in Public Administration, I'm working on a model to estimate the effect of knowledge claims on retweet count. I'm looking at a data set of 500,000 tweets of EU ...
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Goodness of fit that smooths/tolerates artificial bumps

Say we are conducting a social science experiment involving people answering questions such as how many times have you done this or that over the last 6 months. As they probably don't remember an ...
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Mathematical proof of the fact that statistical analysis cannot confirm two mutually exclusive hypotheses

I tried to ask this on a more general site first, but it was deleted, with a recommendation of asking it here. I'm from completely different field and know little about how statistics is taught and ...
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When and why should psychologists use ordered probit models rather than the general linear model?

Psychologists often use the general linear model with ordinal independent/dependent variables (i.e. Likert scales to measure 'levels' of a psychological trait. For example, assigning numbers to the ...
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Study on Human Behavior: what is a good value of RMSE when a linear regression is performed on a dataset that represents human behavior? [duplicate]

I am completely new to machine learning. I am working on my undergrad thesis that tries to predict how satisfied a person will be in a specific area by using linear regression. Since this study ...
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Can I use/make prediction/regression if my data is not normally distributes? Are non-parametric test for prediction?

My data is not normally distributed, and I`m confused what tests can I use (non-parametric, of course), but is there any way, to analyse prediction if the data is not normally distributed? I read ...
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Create composite index from right skewed data with extreme outliers

Do you have any advice for creating an index from right skewed-data with several extreme outliers. I am new to creating indexes for analysis and could use some advice. So far I've done things like ...
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Analyzing the effect of terms on the continuation of an on-line discussion

The Data I am analyzing approximately 200 million online "threaded" posts (think USENET NEWS, Google Groups, Reddit, etc.). The posts have a tree structure like so: ...
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Wright-Map with multiple values for one item

To give some context: I'm quite new to quantitative research in social sciences and learned about IRT, Rasch Reliability and Wright-Maps yesterday. Today a colleague sent me this image: and asked ...
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Interesting Examples of Using SEMs

Inspired by this article using structural equation modelling (SEM) to investigate inter-cultural conceptions of love, I'm curious: What are some interesting, clever, and/or innovative uses of SEMs in ...
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What is constraint and effectivesize in structural holes?

Today, I spent the whole day trying to understand what structural holes in network means. More specifically I want to clarify what the two measurements constraint and effective size means? Is it good ...
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Compare networks, including centrality measures, clustering/community detection results

Hi my fellow researchers, I am trying to compare two networks based on exactly same group of individuals (179 unique individuals): One network is based on these individuals' meeting data (two-mode/...
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Plot of two ordinal variables?

It is common to represent various (ordinal, social) attributes on a pair of axes as in the examples below. In general, what is this sort of graph/representation called? It is, perhaps, useful to ...
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Comparing Tract-level data to State-level?

I'm using firearm trace data (available at the state-level) and attempting to compare it to socially disadvantaged areas (census tracts) by the way of regression analysis. Katz and Schnebly (2011) ...
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Creating an index using PCA

I am working with data for Indian schools. I intend to create an Index by combining several variables(availability of library, no. of computers in the school, no. of toilets in the school) that can ...
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Visualize categorical data for two variables for 20 observations

I have several thousand records. In these records, there are three fields of interest: Location - 20 possible choices Race - 5 possible choices Purchase type - 3 possible choices I want to show the ...
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When is it valid to use race/ethnicity in causal inference?

It seems that often in social science, race is examined in causal terms, as researchers are interested in the differences between various ethnic groups in outcomes when controlling for other ...
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How can I analyse the effect of one variable on another if they were each recorded at different times? (Individual panel data with linked variables)

I have panel data from a popular election study and linked data, collected seperately, on all of the respondents. This means that I can link respondents detailed personal economic data, for example, ...
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Correct algorithm for detecting outbreaks in conflict data

I'm currently working on a project researching whether Google Trends can predict conflict events in intrastate conflicts. Thus I have two different datasets; the weekly Google Trends search volume ...
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How does one report the results of a linear model?

What are the established best practices for reporting the results of a linear model in journals in the social sciences?
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Why don't researchers share their raw data for better science? [closed]

Publication bias. Reproducibility problem. Abusing statistical tests. These are some of the many criticisms received by all fields of science for a long time. If I read an article in Psychological ...
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How to calculate sample size (or power) for the experiment with multiple treatments and a binary outcome?

I have an experiment in which there are 13 treatment groups and the relevant outcome is binary. I'm trying to apply the test of proportion to determine the required sample size to be able to detect ...
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What is a good internet site or book for a crash course in medical/epidemiology or social science statistics?

I am a PhD student in community nutrition. My research (and the papers I read) run the gamut from pure social science to epidemiology. Study designs range from observational data to quasi ...
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Is this the right way to use and interpret Mann-Whitney U Test?

I need to validate if two independent samples give significantly different results. The sample has a non-normal distribution, so I will use Mann-Whitney U Test The dependent variable is a five-point ...
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Would it be valid to compare two slightly different questions using frequency?

I administered a questionnaire, and one of the questions asked: Indicate all of the activities you did while on your most recent trip (please select all that apply). There are 20 or so options to ...
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multiplication of probabilities of independent events with confidence intervals in archaeology

I am an archaeologist and I am devising rules for attributing objects to a certain region based a combination of region-specific traits. Particularly I would like to estimate probability that objects ...
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