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Can samples be grouped for principal component analysis? Are there any tests needed?

I have two groups of people, those who are involved in public affairs and those who are not. At the same time, I have five types of capital for these people. I want to explore the mix of capital ...
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Are there coventions on reporting weighted sample sizes?

Suppose I analyze survey data and calculate weighted means. Should I report the sample size if it differs from the unweighted sample size, as would be the case with non-normalized weights? It seems ...
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Does it make sense to model population distributions as independent from individual distributions? (social sciences)

Let's start with an example. Consider that each individual $i$ in a group of size $n$ throws a dice, where each dice is different (random variable $X_i$, notice subindex $i$). In social sciences, we ...
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A policy evaluation with a dependent variable which is continuous and in (0,1) interval

I am conducting research in which I want to investigate the effect of tax incentives on research and development intensity in a group of firms. I have access to the data of a survey that: It's only ...
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Regression Method for a Survey Repeatedly Asking the Effects of Various Policies

I have survey results where I repeatedly asked the respondents about the effects of various policies. The questions are as follows: "Let's assume you went back to the time when you were a high ...
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DiD control treatment group choice

I need to evaluate the impact of the Labour-Intensive Public Works programme on social cohesion using DiD. I chose a set of control variables and an outcome variable. The thing is to choose the right ...
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Altering demographics data that was responded incorrectly in a survey to be published in a journal [closed]

Cross-posted (kind of) from Academia Stack Exchange We have a research paper that we want to get published in a journal. The paper is some simple statistical analysis of a survey we made. One of the ...
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entries into machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence for social scientists

As far as CrossValidated allows users to ask for reference, does anyone know (top-notch, authoritative) books, resources, or references about ML, DL, or AI for social scientists? If there are still &...
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Calculating confidence in part of a sample (explain like I'm in the humanities please :) )

Working on a two-part project. First, we're estimating the total size of a very large population. Each member of the population has a standardized random 15-digit identifier, and we have guessed using ...
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How to compare the socioeconomic status between two populations after applying multiple correspondence analysis?

I have two datasets of two populations (before and after) with the task to create socioeconomic quintiles. Through many variables such as household assets and household quality, I used MCA (R language)...
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Finding gateway discussion groups from online posts

I'm looking at online discussion group participation and I'm trying to determine whether posting to group A increases the likelihood of subsequently posting to group B empirically (is A a gateway ...
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MCA : interpretation for contribution and correlation

According to the definitions: The correlation matrix reports the correlation of each variable with each dimension. Contribution refers to the contribution of each category of each variable to the ...
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How to interpret the Rasch reliability?

I am tasked to model a set of questionnaires in order to investigate about the food insecurity in the region where my project takes place. Using the Rasch model, I was able to conduct the protocol ...
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Should I use composite or latent variables?

I am writing my master thesis about how the difference between majority's (Belgians) opinion about socially relevant topics and majority's perception of minority's (Turks and Moroccan's) opinion about ...
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Should this be an ANOVA or a MANOVA?

I'm fairly new to statistics and am struggling to figure out whether I should be using ANOVA or MANOVA for my research design: Participants will watch a performance together in one of three different ...
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What statistical test should I used for this study design?

I am very much not statistics minded and could really do with some help figuring out what statistical test I should be using here: My premise is: Activity X can lead to outcome Y which in turn can ...
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Getting trustworthy results from small samples and small population

I am an undergraduate student of psychology from Indonesia. Right now I am doing a mini research project where I correlate geographical data to outcomes at the provincial level. The hypotheses is that ...
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Effect of social media on group study performance

I am exploring the effect of social media on the performance of students of two different majors: Majors: Math and English The students engage in group study for a period of time. After the group ...
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will it take the form of cluster? is regression analysis possible here?

i am working with some data regarding my PhD, where i am interested to see the ability of the institution of different villages of four districts in enhancing people's living condition. here, through ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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