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Seeking an intake form for the social science/services field, which may be employed to assess client needs. Additionally, any new instrument for conducting community assessments that can determine services needs.
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Attached intake form is specific to Substance Use disorders.
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1. Yes, all of you can give me useful and fruitful answers.....
2. How, Where, When and Why important Hypothesis in scientific research process?
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I don’t necessarily have a set of complete answers, or ones that everyone would agree. The hypothesis could be as simple as a statement, or as complex as a paper, and you might want to find out if there are some normal expectations. But if you and others want to conduct research and expend valuable and often constrained resources, such as your time, collaborators or advisors time, budget, equipment, lab and office space, equipment, etc., you have to develop a proposal or plan that documents concisely what you want to do, what question(s) it theory you want to explore, within the boundaries of time, approximate expenses you expect and funding avenues if known, why your proposal has merit and possibly some statement of commitment or interest that would help market or sell your proposal. It has to be realistic, especially for a graduate degree. Research is costly and competitive, so having your act together, interest and commitment, ability to accomplish work independently, with honesty, integrity and professionalism will go a long way. Research is not necessarily something to take on because you cannot find a job, but for some, it is a satisfying niche or something they learn to love. Long term, it’s not for everybody, it Is demanding, exhausting, possibly a burn out job, but some find it rewarding when that light of discovery comes on, or the ability to help address a problem or exchange technical ideas and expertise in problem solving. For some, research is just the necessary step to achieve an advanced degree, and if that is all it is, try your hardest to find or develop a subject of interest that you can commit to.
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There are some doubts about the reliability when using sum scores (means) of respondents answers in scientific measurement in social sciences. I agree that summing responses in previously developed scales could lead to unproper results or just too superficial results.
The major difference in SEM (Structural Equation Modeling) is that the loadings from the indicators in the latent variable are different that in sum scores.
What if a scientist theoretically justify the construction of a scale that some indicators (questionnaire responses) are summed?
It would be regarded as a methodological mistake?
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Roman Lewandowski , maybe you could read some work by Klaas Sijtsma and Andries van der Ark. They investigate the sum score relation to the latent score. I would suggest to download and read ( ). It seems you think that in SEM you always would perform a factoranalyses, but that is not necessary.
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Fore instance, the hero is from a working class and another character, in the same novel, is a middle class. I want to study how each character can project his/her class membership.
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I do agree with the amazing answer and opinions of dr. Amjed 🌹🌺
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In this post-millennial world of cosmopolitanism, globalisation, and world literature, one wonders if the present moment isn't the perfect opportunity to take stock of where our interests and priorities lie, what kind of life lessons does a global pandemic have for all of us as a collective entity, and above all how do we respond to something that simply exceeds the limits of any one particular area, region or nation-state? It is also a timely reminder of how we take certain things for granted and in the punishing rush of events, forget to spend quality time with those who matter to us the most, be it family, friends or acquaintances.
Through social distancing, we are paradoxically coming together in an attempt to contain the damage. This is far removed from the world of digital technology and social networking sites where the idea of togetherness also simultaneously exists with a profound sense of boredom, isolation and estrangement. The global economy has come to a veritable standstill and yet for the first time in so many years people are actually realising the merits of altruism and putting the interests of the 'other' before the 'self'. Instant gratification, limited attention span and 'the devil may care' attitude is being decisively supplanted by an increasing concern for the environment, the underprivileged and the future generations.
But above all this crisis is about the dissolution of human pride and an equally important focus on learning humility. It is a reality check to prevent us from taking ourselves too seriously for far too long. The profit-maximising impulse and the fiercely competitive spirit that is now being instilled right from the increasingly commercialised spaces of classrooms to the demanding environs of corporate offices has been rendered frozen by something which is much more pressing, immediate and therefore worthy of attention.
In such a scenario, a moment of pause and reflection never hurts. It gives us a breathing space from the target-oriented lives that we find ourselves in, especially in a country like India where population significantly alters the stakes of job prospects and economic opportunities. And while it is true that the destitute and the daily wage labourers, the rickshaw walas and the domestic helpers bear the worst brunt of this protracted lockdown, it also opens up a rare window of opportunity for those who are in a position of power and privilege to contribute in their own ways toward combating the spectre of hunger and starvation.
Life, as we know it, will never be the same. The haunting memories of these difficult times will always endure while the notion of normalcy and restitution will probably be the most challenging proposition for policy makers. The spirit of resilience and ingenuity that human beings have repeatedly shown right throughout history is for the first time proving to be inadequate. And there lies the rub. An overriding emphasis on empathy which is formed in the crucible of a global crisis could quite easily become a distant memory the moment that threat is successfully diffused.
Self-aggrandisement would once again be at an all-time high. But do we want to spin around in circles and just wait for the next major calamity to once again teach us about wisdom and virtue? Or haven’t we had enough of an eye-opener to realise that it is only by locating oneself in the larger scheme of things and network of relationships that a more desirable and progressive future is possible. To understand this in its proper context, one only needs to imagine a hypothetical situation in which if any pharmaceutical company would have been successful in finding a cure for COVID-19, it would have again been driven by the predictable considerations of personal profit masking itself as public welfare.
So where do we go from here? And how do we reconcile our punishing schedules [an ostensibly stultifying one for many in times of a lockdown] with a profound appreciation for everything precious, beautiful and worthwhile in our lives? What are the bitter truths that we could take in our strides without caring too much about a loss of pride or self-respect? Because after all it is about recognising the priceless merit of the here and now as opposed to the idealistic and the utopian. It is about taking cognisance of both the kids as well as the elderly, the indigent neighbour as well as tenacious doctors and their committed support staff. And last but not the least, it is about practising kindness, compassion, and humility with others that could help us confront our personal demons and eventually exorcise them.
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Dear Shailendra.. we can contribute a lot ..please see our example of what humanities can contribute
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In my next research on interpreting, I am investigating the knowledge, attitudes and practices of interpreters. Is there any reference that explains how KAP is used in qualitative social science research?
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Dear researchers,
I’m interested in Bhaskar’s “critical realism”. Could you please recommend me articles (or theses) adopting this paradigm, in economics or social sciences? Kind of application of this paradigm.
Thank you so much.
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I highly suggest the following articles:
  • Fleetwood, S. (2005). Ontology in organization and management studies: A critical realist perspective. Organization, 12(2), 197-222.
  • Fletcher, A. J . (2017). Applying critical realism in qualitative research: Methodology meets method. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(2), 181-194.
  • Hurrell, S. A. (2016). Rethinking the soft skills deficit blame game: Employers, skills withdrawal and the reporting soft skills gaps. Human Relations, 69(3), 605-628.
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I am analyzing the data using two instruments i.e. a Questionnaire and Observation (Checklist). A questionnaire used to asked teaching strategies used by the teachers. They rated themselves using Likert scale. But I need to confirm whether they are using teaching strategies for real in classroom. I used observation checklist to confirm it.
Here I have two data set. One is questionnaire in the form of Likert scale and second one is observation checklist.
What statistical tool I use to compare the results and produce the concrete findings of my research.
I have read literature and came into conclusion that chi-square test would be appropriate. I need valuable suggestions that what I need to do?
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Humair Akhtar , I already told which analysis you should do. I am not quite so sure why you are asking it again. You must associate "X" with "Y" using a generalized linear model. Now, please find online ways of running an ordinal logistic regression in SPSS - you live in an era in which this information can be easily found with a simple Google search (I have already found it).
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The short and to-the-point text is here and I for one gladly co-signed this declaration, just as I also co-signed the balanced approach statement issued in July 2020 by 23 public health experts (http://balancedresponse.ca/open-letter/ ).
On a related note, I haven't yet seen this excellent paper anywhere on this site, and it is free access:
Stephen Thomson, Eric C Ip, (2020). COVID-19 emergency measures and the impending authoritarian pandemic. Journal of Law and the Biosciences, , lsaa064, https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsaa064
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The text of the Declaration can be read in less than five minutes, so I would encourage people to go to the source and read it directly https://gbdeclaration.org/ , without derivative commentaries on it that have an angle to push. The text itself of the Declaration focuses on the traditional concerns of the political Left: the underdog, the vulnerable, the socially excluded, poverty, increasing inequality. I know from reading other interviews that at least two of the three main authors are open about their Left leanings.
Some of the cheap attempts at discrediting the Declaration and its scientific claims are rebutted here:
See also the FAQ they added:
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What are the most serious problems of civilization development that should be solved as soon as possible? What are the global problems for which research should be developed and solutions to these problems resolved in 2019 and in subsequent years?
One of such research problems, which should not be postponed for an indefinite future, is the need to develop environment-friendly sustainable economic development in order to slow down the adverse process of global warming.
With the warming of the Earth's climate, the risk of more dramatic climate cataclysms, including tsunamis, increases.
Tsunami may be a derivative of the global warming problem. Global warming generates an increase in climate disasters, including more cases of tsunamis.
But not only is the risk of more violent and more dramatic tsunamis rising. Also in recent years, there has been more other types of climate and natural climate catatics, such as droughts, rainstorms, tornadoes and weather anomalies.
At present, it should no longer be asked whether global warming generates an increase in natural disasters only what rate of growth will be recorded in the future? So many data, research centers confirms the progressing process of global warming, that the problem is unquestionable.
More and more data points to the growing risk of climate change, unfavorable for human and life on the Earth, increase of climate disasters, climatic and weather anomalies, which are the result of global warming, rising average annual temperature near the Earth's surface.
Now we should just ask: How can these adverse processes be counteracted? What ecological technologies, renewable energy sources, how to help natural environments, how to rebuild them, such as afforestation, to build natural ecosystems absorbing greenhouse gases?
How to develop ecological business ventures? How to create financing systems for this type of pro-ecological projects? How to dispel international cooperation in this matter? What actions should be taken to move towards the development of a new ecological green economy?
How to develop environmentally sustainable economic development to slow down the unfavorable warming of the Earth's climate?
Please reply. I invite you to the discussion
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Dear Michael Issigonis, Yes you are right. There are already many pro-ecological technologies and eco-innovations that are not used and developed on a large scale, but should be developed to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Yes, I agree with you that due to the increase in CO2 emissions, you should try to collect this gas in individual cities by using already known technologies and by increasing green areas, developing electromobility and renewable energy. Besides, as you pointed out, there are several methods of this process (capturing CO2, including from the atmosphere) and these environmental technologies should be urgently developed. Best wishes, All the best, Stay healthy!
Dariusz Prokopowicz
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I am doing a social science research proposal and I would like to be assisted with useful articles (related research papers) to write my research proposal and which theoretical framework can I use?
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You need to have a topic in mind, look in the literature as see if it is a good topic to embark on. If so you need to get related articles and gather your facts.
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Which is more valuable ?
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The Social Sciences Citation Index is a commercial citation index product of Clarivate Analytics. It was originally developed by the Institute for Scientific Information from the Science Citation Index however The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) is the peak body of Australian university business schools. ... ABDC's mission is to make Australian business schools better, and to foster the national and global impact of Australian business education and research.
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How research differs on terms of problem identification, methods and analysis?
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When analyzing all hypotheses
And leaving no doubt about the results
The more targeted research, the more useful and sober
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I'm currently writing a paper which I feel might be suited to become a conceptual paper. Am currently reading the attached article for a better idea, but I would really appreciate any examples of conceptual papers that have been published, preferably in social sciences or humanities.
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Interesting article ,I read it ,too.
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Hi. Can anyone recommend references (articles, videos, presentations) on structural equation modeling for beginners, particularly applying it to social science researches?
I'm currently looking into entrepreneurs with disabilities and thinking about using SEM.
Thank you!
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Kline, R. B. (2016). Principles and Practice of Structural Equation Modeling. Fourth Edition. The Guilford Pres, New York, NY.
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HI. I am trying to develop a model to see how some factors from three domain of resources- Social, Cognitive, Non-cognitive affects the peoples CP. I have many such latent factors from each of the resources and measured them through test items. I then did EFA of data to identify and validate the factors of each resources separately. Next I did CFA of those latent factors again separately for each resources. Finally i did the path analysis taking all latent factors together to explore how it predict the CP
  • My questions/doubts are:
  • 1) Is it necessary to run the EFA and CFA taking all resources together before doing the path analysis of all resources with CP? As CFA is compulsory step before doing path analysis.
  • 2) Is there any statistical or logical error in my path analysis (please see the attachment sl no 5)?
  • 3) Is there any other better way to develop my model? Please suggest me if I am missing any steps or not?
  • 4) Any comments regarding the fitness score of my model???
Its very difficult to explain what i actually mean so i am attaching a part of my data analysis and questions/doubts with this question. Please go through it and help me out. I am very new to statistics so need my fellow researchers'/professors' help.
Thank you.
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Cristian Ramos-Vera Thanks for response sir,
Yes i have used hierarchical model (specifically second order path analysis) as my number of items for each first order latent variable was too high. And i have two levels of latent variables to explore. So I want to know
1) Is it logically wrong to make 1st order latent variable as the observed endogenous variable?
2)What are the problems of using second order path modeling?
3) is my method of drawing paths between the two observed endogenous variable predicting two different 2nd order unobserved variables are statistically permissible or not? (like between LTS----RIBS)
4) yes, i am getting negative factor loading for some paths. As they are the standardized regression score so is their any harm in having negative but significant score? So far i understand the (single headed arrow) factor loading are showing the strength of effect between the variables that is how well one variable can predict the other variable.
5) In my all CFA the P value of chi square is less than 0.05 so cant i claim the fitness of my model ??? as its representing that my model is significantly different from ideal saturated model.
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I am thinking to start working on a few research papers/articles. This question aims to guide me regarding possible future research trends in the field of social sciences, for example in the domains of Development Studies; Conflict, Peace and Development; and Cultural Anthropology.
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Post Pandemic world and the economy affected by it. You should choose a topic in relation to it, in your local context, and social environment to get into the reality of the problem.
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How do you treat someone who got COVID-19?
How do the media treat people infected?
What do those recovered patient experience?
Please share your views.
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How about when celebrities and leaders got infected?
President Donald Trump test positive for Covid-19
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It's 99 days since the first case of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, and we are welcoming the 5th days of 0 new cases of COVID-19 following a week of <10 cases per day.
How should we define the end of a local endemic?
How long should the latent period be defined?
When is it safe to resume social activities?
Should territory wide screening of asymptomatic people be done before declaring the end of endemic?
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President Donald Trump test positive for Covid-19
This is definitely not the end of the COVID-19 endemic
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I have a question regarding manipulation checks in field experiments. Can you please share if you have ever done one? Are you aware of any published studies that included one?
Usually, the price to pay for the natural setting of a field experiment is that we give up some control, including (I thought) manipulation checks. But lack of a manipulation check in a field experiment came up recently in a manuscript review and I would love to read and learn more about it. Input from all disciplines (especially social sciences) is welcome! Thanks!
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Interesting question. Following the discussion.
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What kind of scientific research dominate in the field of: Sustainable development of a pro-ecological new economy?
What do you think is an important topic for discussion?
In my opinion, important questions concern the need to develop ecological and energy innovations that in the 21st century, economies should achieve sustainable development taking into account the dwindling resources and the development of civilizations and the negative effects of this development on the natural environment.
Please reply. I invite you to the discussion
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Dear Dariusz,
There are two main problems with a pro-ecological new economy, and You know them better than me - first, how to keep economy growing (as GDP), and the second - not to have bad social consequences for population. There are people (and researchers), who believe that economic development can be lower, and that in many countries it is enough with GDP rise, but, having in mind the rise of inequalities socially, and the marginalization processes even in the West - how to cope with everything? How to have balanced and reasonable not polluting economy, at the same time not devastating socially? Am I right, Dariusz?
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There is always a conflict between the Pure Sciences & Social Sciences about which is more releant. How do we resolve this?
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It depends which social science subject, and which technical degree is.
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Good afternoon dear researchers! If you're aware of any articles using PLS-SEM methodology, about residents' perception of tourism development during SARS, Ebola, H1N1 or COVID-19 outbreak, please, feel free to share with me! Thank you all in advance!
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There are number of registration bodies for medical and health sciences systematic reviews e.g. PROSPERO. Is there any for the education, technology or any of social science domain.
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Try to find source available on Cornell University website for protocol publication and registration. They have a lot of agencies that register and publish protocol.
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I often hear from friends negative things about academia, its boring, not connected to reality etc. I have been on and off in academia for 25 years but for the most part I have been in the real world, running businesses and working as a business consultant. I can still feel that in academia there is at least in my field a theoretical knowledge but still people doesn't understand how the real world operates. After university I felt like I knew everything, I knew Kotler backwards and forwards and all the theories..it felt like any way but when I started my first business (during my university years) I felt like I had to relearn everything. This lack of connection to reality was a problem for me and it is something I hear a lot for other business people. "Academics know nothing! ",one friend said and he has a Phd! Perhaps this illustrates the problem?
I guess it is the same in many fields..academia is seen as dry and not connected to the real world. What can be done about this or can anything be done? How do you view your education in relation to your working life? Do you feel your education was relevant? For me...not so much. Later I started to teach and do research but I still have this feeling. How do you feel about academia and the real world? Is academia part of the world we live in or just some "other place"..your thoughts?
Best wishes Henrik
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Dear Anamitra Roy your point is very valid that we only teach the students theories but we do not teach them what to link, where to link and how to link their attained knowledge to situations of real life. Therefore the knowledge is just another addition in the basket nothing more. simply the knowledge is gradually confining to learning and not practicing, hence applied domain is zero. Good answer Anamitra Roy
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Apart from the nursing or medical field, preferably in agriculture, economics or social sciences, is it advisable to analyse data collected by semi-structured interviews using the qualitative content analysis?
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As a general coverage of this kind of analysis, I recommend Graneheim, Lindgren, and Lundman (2017). The authors are nurses, but the points are useful regardless of field.
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Some have 3 elements- rationale/background, methodology, and results; while others have four or five that include objectives/questions, conclusion with implications.
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Some journals specify a strict format, but most just give the desired length. Unless a format is provided, tell the goal of the study, a very brief description of the methods, some of the most important findings, and a hint of something from the discussion, such as recommendations provided by the authors. Do this in a way that fits the length goal specified by the journal.
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What are the literature review sources of class subculture and educational attainment?
Which on social science theory is linked with this subject matter? and how?
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I am currently looking for a public health journal that has a decent acceptance rate. Any suggestions are welcome.
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Dear Samia,
I suggest you to try Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene (JPMH): https://www.jpmh.org/index.php/jpmh
Good luck with your work,
Dave
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Videoconferencing is one of the Internet services that are currently developing intensively. The progress in the field of data teletransmission in the Internet allows for the gradual improvement of techniques enabling online Videoconferencing via the Internet.
In addition, completed Videoconferences after recording can be placed almost automatically on the profiles of social media portals.
In connection with the above, Videoconferencing is an excellent form of sharing experiences in the field of scientific research conducted by scientists.
It is also a good way to popularize scientific knowledge. In addition, debates may also be held on the Internet, and Internet-related questions may be asked by the speakers. Questions can be asked by listeners who watch Videoconferencing broadcast live, online through the Internet.
In view of the above, the current question is:
Is videoconferencing a good instrument for popularizing science over the Internet?
Please, answer, comments.
I invite you to the discussion.
Best wishes
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This paper examines the use of video-conferencing interviews (VCI) as the primary method of data collection in a research study of generation Z preservice teachers' perspectives on working with families of children with disabilities … Luke, S. E. (2020). Promoting and Problematizing the Use of Video Conferencing as an Interview Method: Generation Z Perspectives.
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In which scientific studies you run or plan to run would be artificial intelligence helpful?
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Dear Kjartan Skogly Kversøy, Anders Norberg, Ronit Kuldip Nandeshwar, Alexander Osherenko, Syed Furqan Qadri, Richard Collins, Preston Guynn, Thank you very much for your answer and participation in the discussion. Thank you for an inspiring, interesting and substantively rich answer. I also believe that artificial intelligence technology is currently finding more and more applications in various branches and sectors of the economy. Best regards, Have a nice day,
Dariusz Prokopowicz
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Hello everyone. I conducted a research with action research. I collected data with interviews, videos, recordings, documents and researcher diary during a year , 15 hours in a week. After collected my data, I analysed them. I found 74 codes for implementation stage (3 months data).
My question is, amount of 74 codes is too much? Is there any rule that amount of codes should be under 50?
Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas with me...
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Review your collected data again and check for similarities, if any, you may reduce it to fifty or bellow.
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I ran multiple linear regression by using six IVs to predict household water insecurity in rural Ghana. My output came out with R-squared and Adjusted R-Squared of .981 and .962, respectively. Can these be too high in social sciences research? Does it raise any question(s)? What should I do in this situation?
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I agree with Pablo Delatorre that such a high value would be very unusual in the social sciences. So, I would start by examining your correlation matrix to see if one or more of your independent variables is highly correlated with the dependent variables. You could also look at the descriptive statistics for your variables to make sure that the mean values make sense.
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Giorgio Agamben has been influential in critical circles in the social sciences for quite some time now. He has been deeply worried of how the COVID-19 pandemic has been exploited as an opportunity to bring in authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and a new political rationality centered around biosecurity. He decries..."the new paradigm of biosecurity, to which all other exigencies will have to be sacrificed. It is legitimate to ask whether such a society can still be defined as human or whether the loss of sensible relations, of the face, of friendship, of love can be truly compensated for by an abstract and presumably completely fictitious health security".
Are there scholars from within the academic left who have picked up this line of thought to develop it? In my home discipline human geography I've been surprised by the lack of deep criticism (so far!) against the authoritarian management of the pandemic and the brutally quick undermining of hard-won freedoms in the name of a very elastic notion of "safety". This press release describing the situation in August 2020 in Melbourne sent chills down my spine:
The debate in the latest issue of Dialogues in Human Geography didn't strike me as genuinely critical despite the self-professed label of "critical geographer" many of the invited parties espouse. I checked Derek Gregory's blog, since he was instrumental in popularizing Agamben's thoughts in critical geography, but there's no entry on Agamben & COVID-19. Radio silence...
By the way, if an Anglo-American publisher reads this, please consider translating into English Patrick Zylberman's book Tempêtes microbiennes, Gallimard 2013. Agamben praises it highly in the blog entry I linked to above:
"Already in a book published seven years ago, now worth rereading carefully (Tempêtes microbiennes, Gallimard 2013), Patrick Zylberman described the process by which health security, hitherto on the margins of political calculations, was becoming an essential part of state and international political strategies. At issue is nothing less than the creation of a sort of “health terror” as an instrument for governing what are called “worst case scenarios.” It is according to this logic of the worst that already in 2005 the World Health Organization announced “2 to 150 million deaths from bird flu approaching,” suggesting a political strategy that states were not yet ready to accept at the time. Zylberman shows that the apparatus being suggested was articulated in three points: 1) the construction, on the basis of a possible risk, of a fictitious scenario in which data are presented in such a way as to promote behaviors that allow for governing an extreme situation; 2) the adoption of the logic of the worst as a regime of political rationality; 3) the total organization of the body of citizens in a way that strengthens maximum adherence to institutions of government, producing a sort of superlative good citizenship in which imposed obligations are presented as evidence of altruism and the citizen no longer has a right to health (health safety) but becomes juridically obliged to health (biosecurity). What Zylberman described in 2013 has now been duly confirmed".
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I agree with Matteo Nioi
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As I am reviewing the literature on the subject, there are a plethora of publications highlighting the importance of including social science data into future environmental management decisions. however, I am so far unable to find a publication that has shown the application of such social monitoring data to a management action or plan of action.  If anyone knows of a source showing how collected social science data has been applied to a management activity that would be greatly appreciated. I am not interested as much in stakeholder engagement and workshop results as I am in overall socioeconomic collections.  Thanks!
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Dear colleagues,
I’ve seen throughout my academic life a grueling discussion about when we should use propositions or hypotheses. Many researchers assume that when we formulate hypotheses, we are dealing with a measurable investigation (relationships between variables). On the other hand, when we elaborate on a non-measurable work (e.g., a conceptual model), we should formulate propositions.
However, other academics defend that hypotheses are related simply to a quantitative paper, while propositions are adequate for qualitative investigations. However, in areas as applied social sciences, we frequently need to embrace both perspectives (quantitative and qualitative). In the case, of a quali-quanti approach, we may need to use different methods that involve both, variables measurement as subjective interpretation. In this case, (and of course, if they are adequate to answer our research question), should we formulate hypotheses or propositions? Could you please give your thoughts about this question? Thanks in advance.
Kind Regards
Yves
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Hi Yves,
In a logical sequence, researcher first develops propositions to explore the study phenomenon which do not have prior empirical evidences. In a proposition it is unclear about the nature of causal relationship between two variables or concepts. Hypothesis takes place after proposition, which is a testable statement about the theoretical relationship between two measurable variables. It indicates nature of relationships, sometimes direction of relationships concerning target variable. Now the question is - do we need both propositions and hypotheses in a study? Prof. David L Morgan answered this issues. In a quantitative research, hypotheses formulation is suffice provided that the study phenomenon is not out of the blue. If so, a qualitative investigation is necessary to formulate the proposition. Thanks
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This is the title of an open-access article authored by Dr. Carlo Caduff and just published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly on July 21st. I highly recommend it and I wish there were more truly brave people like him in academia, speaking out about the ongoing steep rise of authoritarianism all around us, under the guise of biosecurity/public health. Below I provide the abstract and the link to the full paper:
What Went Wrong: Corona and the World after the Full Stop
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This article examines the global response to the Covid‐19 pandemic. It argues that we urgently need to look beyond the virus if we want to understand the real seriousness of what is happening today. How did we end up in a space of thinking, acting, and feeling that has normalized extremes and is based on the assumption that biological life is an absolute value separate from politics? The author suggests that today's fear is fueled by mathematical disease modeling, neoliberal health policies, nervous media reporting, and authoritarian longings.
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An interesting paper on this topic by Ajnesh Prasad:
Prasad, A. (2020). The organization of ideological discourse in times of unexpected crisis: Explaining how COVID-19 is exploited by populist leaders. Leadership, doi:10.1007/s10551-018-4006-z.
He points out how the populist leaders convert extraordinary challenging situations to their advantage by causally attributing these situations to their political opponents and then use this attribution to go to a higher level of authoritarianism.
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COVID-19 is changing the social life of all people. Jumping out of the personal aspect, how does it affect the family as a whole.
Family is regarded as the fundamental structure of the society, will COVID-19 changes the future family structure, unit and model?
How is it affecting gender issues too?
Besides, why is domestic violence increasing? Is psychology and psychiatry playing a role?
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[1] Campbell AM. An increasing risk of family violence during the Covid-19 pandemic: Strengthening community collaborations to save lives.
Forensic Science International: Reports vol. 2 (2020): 100089.
[2]COVID-19: Reducing the risk of infection might increase the risk of intimate partner violence
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[3]The pandemic paradox: The consequences of COVID‐19 on domestic violence
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Effect of lockdown is domestic violence increasing day by day.
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I am considering if is it appropriate to use two different randomly chosen samples coming from one huge database to proceed two logistic regressions separately on the same subject?. The main cause is a low power of my computer and no possibility to use own written multimatching function that binarizes whole data into 0 and 1 (follow / not follow).
The database consists of 1 500 000 obs. and 54 variables (data.frame). The DV reflects the act of following one of two presidential candidates (1 and 0) and IVs reflect the act of following particular media outlets appearing on Twitter (also 1 and 0). The aim is to present association between media and political agenda and predictive power of particular media.
Unfortunately, I am forced to sample the data because of the computing time. Hence, I am going to randomize two samples (2 x 100k records), proceed the regression, and then, confirm the first one using the second one. Is it consistent with methodological / statistical art ? Thank you in advance.
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Yes, you can report experiment 1 and then experiment 2. You can write general methods for both experiments och method 1 and two. The same thing goes for the discussion.
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Distinguished colleagues,
I need your professional opinion for my ongoing research.
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Work-based policy should be implemented in universities where students gain marks through internship say 60% and 40% written exam which include theory, presentation and research.
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Microbrewing continues to expand across the globe with many US communities utilizing breweries as new social venues to meet-greet and participate in social activities. What do you perceive as interesting research questions related to brewing science as well as the interaction and impact to local communities?
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Although the cost of raw material in a brewery does not represent the main source of expenditure, studies that seek to reduce the amount of raw material (water, malt, hops and yeast) are important. If we look at hops, for example, the reduction in the amount of hops used in breweries directly affects environmental issues. Obviously without losing the quality of the beer.
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Are publications in the journals ranked by Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics) also included in Journal Citation Reports? Do your universities / governments put equivalent value on ESCI publications and SSCI publications while making a decision about faculty promotion?
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Interesting question!
I once also got confused with them.
Thank you for the link!
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Many publishers report the publication history process in their published articles. However, I do not see SAGE Journals such as “Structural Health Monitoring” or “Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures” reflect that.
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My experience is probably one of the worst.. I submitted a paper in Sage Open and here is my timeline..
September 2018 submitted
1 February 2019 major revision
20 May 2019 revision submitted
13 January 2020 minor revision
28 February 2020 submitted
Still waiting...
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First and second order cybernetics are now well known, but how we should define third order cybernetics
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Many theorists invoke a third (or higher) order cybernetics and do say in a variety of ways. Of this possibility, although it may be done, von Foerster states, “It would not create anything new, because by ascending into ‘second-order’, as Aristotle would say, one has stepped into the circle that closes upon itself. One has stepped into the domain of concepts that apply to themselves” (von Foerster, 2003, p. 301).
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i know about some of the variables like independent, dependent, moderator, intervening. Are there any other variables which affect the study.
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it depends,however i would suggest you include variables that have a track record (top journals) combined with your new innovations if any.
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great job, thanks dr Essam H Houssein
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Kindly guide which method of MMR shall be adopted given it is to be practiced for the first time e.g. triangulation or which one?
Thanking you in advance.
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Dear Malik,
sorry for the late response. Besides Morgan's recommendation, you should also check:
  • Goertz, G. (2017). Multimethod research, causal mechanisms, and case studies: An integrated approach. Princeton University Press.
  • Rohlfing, I. (2008). What you see and what you get: Pitfalls and principles of nested analysis in comparative research. Comparative Political Studies, 41(11), 1492-1514.
  • Yvonne Feilzer, M. (2010). Doing mixed methods research pragmatically: Implications for the rediscovery of pragmatism as a research paradigm. Journal of mixed methods research, 4(1), 6-16.
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As a researcher in business and psychology I often get the feeling that many of my colleagues have a political leaning to the left and are clearly influenced by the ideas of post modernism and neo marxism. In sociology and social psychology this is in my view clearly evident. I have a deep fear that this is something that might have a negative effect on the field of social science. What are your views regarding this? Has the left totally taken over the social sciences? Is there still a room for scientist of divergent ideas or are they more or less kept down by the majority? Your views please?
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Interesting question Henrik. The trouble is that the term 'post-modernism', when used by people who are neither philosophers nor sociologists, has become an empty term used to deride critical social science. It reminds me a little bit of the way that the term 'Marxist' is now used by the American Centre-Right media to designate any politician with a strong redistributive platform - including people like Corbyn and Sanders, whose policies in no way propose to dismantle the Capitalist economy.
In a similar way, people like Jordan Peterson use "post-modernism" as a slur. Peterson's online lectures on the "damages" of postmodern academia clearly show that he does not really understand what the concept really means. He just throws Marxism, cultural Marxism, critical theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, and postmodernism, into the same bag.
I haven't read Bloom and I didn't quite understand in your previous post what he defines as post-modernism. I suppose that most detractors of so-called post-modernism object to one or more of the following broad approaches in social science (all of which have at best a loose connection with actual postmodernist philosophy):
1. The notion that contemporary societies are fundamentally shaped by, and continuously reproduce, dynamics of domination, exploitation and repression. Language is an important vehicle for this (see below).
2. The idea that people's behaviours, preferences and notions of what is True largely derive from deeply rooted narratives and linguistic structures that (mostly) unconsciously shape people's minds. These narratives and other linguistic structures are socially constructed - i.e. they do not reflect some fundamental truth of 'human nature'.
3. The idea that racism and other malevolent forms can inhere not just in individuals' consciousnesses, but also in institutional structures and collective representations that are ostensibly value-neutral.
4. Methodologically, the belief that knowledge about society is found through qualitative forms of social analysis, like for example discourse and narrative analysis, grounded theory, ethnography, etc. Social analysis relying on logical-positivism and mathematical inductivism are viewed with suspicion.
Now the funny thing is that Most/all of these elements existed in social science decades before postmodernism as a social theoretical movement came to the stage. I also suspect that real postmodernist thinkers would probably object to the first element in the above list, since postmodernism is at heart an approach to knowledge that questions any inherent connection between belief systems and the world as is. Be that as it may, the point I'd make here is that the "Leftist takeover" of some social science has little to do with the (mostly imagined) popularity of "post-modernism". Many social scientists are Left Wing not because they discovered postmodernism but for a variety of reasons.
LIkewise, I would question whether your colleagues in social psychology and Business studies manifest a "post-modernism"-inspired Lefty-ism. As a discipline social psychology remains firmly moored to logical-positivism and statistical inductivism. And similarly, I don't see how your Business studies colleagues could be Left-Wing. There's some good research on business school curricula and teaching that actually shows the opposite. Perhaps you meant to say that your colleagues are Left wing and/or influenced by postmodernism in a purely private capacity? This is definitely the case in economics - the discipline in and of itself is criticized by sociologists for being methodologically uncritical and right-wing; yet the majority of American Economists in the US are actually on the Left side of the political spectrum. See for example:
So I guess one would need to understand what you are concerned about more precisely.
- Is it the feeling that most social scientists (or specific disciplines therein) are politically Left-Wing?
- Is it the feeling that most social scientists are specifically 'postmodernist' Lefties?
- Is it the feeling that social sciences DISCIPLINES tend to reflect/defend Left-wing views of the world?
- Is it the feeling that social science DISCIPLINES tend to reflect so-called POSTMODERNIST epistemology?
More generally, methodological and epistemological pluralism is generally a good think, so to the extent that there is a "takeover" as you say, that's probably bad. That said, from what I see in sociology, which perhaps is the most "non conformist" discipline in the social sciences, the "take over" by "postmodernism" is far from reality. The top journals in the discipline mostly favour articles employing standard statistical methods. The arguments in such studies do not usually take serious account of narratives, hermeneutics and historicity - all of which would be amply found in so-called postmodernist research. What IS true, however, is that the vast majority of sociologists have Left-wing political views. And I'd guess that most research does seem to align itself with Left-wing concerns (e.g. women's rights, equality, racism research, migrant issues, etc). I'm not sure what the consequences are of this on the general state of the discipline. The damages I've seen have to do with the harshness of debates taking place between more radical social thinkers and their less radical (though still largely left-wing) colleagues. Perhaps the answer to your question is that politics and the media in most countries already give disproportionate space to Centre-Right and Right-wing thinking, without ever allowing serious discussion of more genuinely left-wing stances. Hence, the Left positioning of social sciences is kind of a corrective.
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Dear Research Gate Members,
Most of the cities in the world are facing partial or complete Lock Downs due to Pandemic Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) spread. Millions of people in the world are living in Government or self-administered Quarantines. The world is expecting a long time with it and continuously learning to live with it. In this situation Online Education/Distance Learning and Work From Home (WFH) are the ultimate new realities for many in the world.
Many organizations and Educational Institutions are doing “Online Education/Distance Learning and Work From Home (WFH)” very first time. Google ZOOM and Microsoft TEAMS became the top priorities for most of them. Many organizations and Educational Institutions are still confused in making the choice between Google ZOOM and Microsoft TEAMS. In this scenario, it’s really important to share your expert opinions and experiences.
Please, share your expert suggestions and/or recommendations on the following question.
How do you compare Google ZOOM Vs Microsoft TEAMS for Online Education / Work From Home during Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Lock Downs/Quarantines?
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I have used both of them for interviews and presentation, to the extent of online communication both are the same but when u are giving presentation u can easily share ur screen with your fellow members while doing your presentation. But overall zoom is very congenial and more friendly for interview or for communication with your colleagues
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Usually, the field of science in which we operate is considered particularly important.
It results from our scientific specialization and improvement of research techniques as well as the development of application of results from our scientific research.
However, in addition to the fields of science, the scientific disciplines in which we specialize and conduct research, most scientists function in other fields of science.
Reflections on this subject may be an inspiration for the possible development of scientific research in the field of interdisciplinary combination of various fields of science and the organization of an interdisciplinary research team to carry out new qualitatively interesting research in the future.
Therefore, encouraging discussion, I am asking you the following question: Which field of science, in addition to the one in which you function, you consider particularly important in the 21st century?
Please, answer, comments. I invite you to the discussion.
I wish you the best in New Year 2019. Best wishes
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In technology, gadgets And in science, data processing
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I am preparing a draft article examining the challenges of teaching international relations (IR) to Japanese undergraduate students in English. Japanese students introduced to the social sciences, particularly IR, face a number of unique challenges: an academic discipline almost entirely developed from a Western perspective; understanding terminology, concepts, and theories in English; and socio-cultural barriers in the classroom that hinder student participation. The strategies employed by the author may also be of interest to English-language instructors of other social science disciplines.
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An important strategy is to get students to be aware of the genre they are employing and its purposes. Then, students must explicitly be taught the structure of that genre and how it may be used to advance knowledge.
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The coronavirus is increasingly having an impact in public and private law. Fundamental freedoms are restricted. Fulfillment of contracts becomes impossible; many obligors and debtors refer to force majeure (vis maior).
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Follow & up.
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science is knowledge represented as a collection of “theories” derived using the scientific method. In this discussion, we will discus what is a theory, why do we need theories in research, what are the building blocks of a theory, how to evaluate theories, how can we apply theories in research, and how to develop theories
you can share examples of theories used in social science research.
or having idea or plan to develop theory
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ROLE OF SEM IN THEORY TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT
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Hi,
I've just started my Ph.D. and I'm in the process of writing a review article. Given the novelty of the findings, there's an ongoing debate on the existence of the phenomenon that underlies my project (Gender-Equality Paradox) on which I'd like to focus the paper. That said, I was thinking to write a review that looks into the relevant literature to summarise what is known on the topic and shows the necessity for further investigations. However, I'm struggling with finding the right methodology approach to use. Systematic and Integrative approach don't seem to be relevant in exploring a phenomenon but I might be wrong. I was thinking to apply a historical approach to highlight the increase in evidence overtime but I'm not sure. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance to everyone who will participate in the discussion.
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Literature reviews are conducted for a variety of purposes. As a PhD student, I found them very informative when I attempt to comprehend a theoretical background for subsequent research; or understanding a phenomenon related to a topic of interest. I found systematic literature reviews more relevant as they systematically categorise previous studies, in terms of research methods, theoretical frameworks as well as pointing out potential research directions.
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Distinguished colleagues,
I need your professional opinion for my ongoing research. Please briefly state your opinion on this issue.
Thank you in advance!
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Dr. Vardan Atoyan
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Vardan Atoyan, Welcome.
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We're working on a UK-based study of lived experiences during the COVID19 pandemic, looking at knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour. Is anyone else working on social science studies on the pandemic? We'd be keen to link up and share learning, especially with a view to doing some international comparisons a bit further down the line. I'll post a link to our project page below with further information. Thanks!
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Please Explain the difference between the Social Science Citation Index and Science Citation Index Expanded?
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There are three terms that are worth understanding: SCI, SCIE, and SSCI. All three are databases of academic journals maintained in the Web of Science Master Journal List operated by Clarivate Analytics.
SCI: Science Citation Index – SCI is a multidisciplinary index that covers 8,500+ “notable and significant” journals across 150+ disciplines, from 1900 to the present. These journals are often considered as the world’s leading journals in science and technology, because of their level of influence and broad circulation.
SCIE: Science Citation Index Expanded – SCIE includes a slightly broader scope of journals than SCI, with inclusion of emerging and regional journals. Some tend to view inclusion in the SCI database as more prestigious than those in SCIE only, but this is subject to debate.
SSCI: Social Sciences Citation Index – SSCI is a multidisciplinary index that covers 3400+ journals across 58 social science disciplines, from 1900 to present. Similar to SCI, these journals are generally considered the most “prestigious and/or influential” in their respective fields.
Hope this helps! Best wishes for a smooth and successful publication journey.
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After the field data has been collated using Likert-style instrument e.g 'Strongly agree,Agree,Neutral to Strongly disagree, , what is the appropriate test statistic to use ?
(i.e easy to understand research methods in social sciences including resources)
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factorial analysis
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How has COVID19 Pandemic affected social science researchers? In what way?
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I totally agree with Itishree Padhi
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Good evening,
Please I need any information, articles or publications about  the anti-cyanobacterial activity of seaweeds  for my research. I will be very pleasing if any one help me.
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Hi, we aim to "quantify" cultural ecosystem services from urban forests of our study area (Karlsruhe, Germany). We know that cultural ecosystem services are difficult to quantify as they are often qualitative and have intangible significance. Our approach is to first do a detail survey on public and stakeholders' perception and preferences on selected cultural ecosystem services using questionnaire survey and Likert's scale of response. Then, we want to use our data from the questionnaire survey to develop a scoring systems. Do you know any method which can be helpful to us? Or, do you know how to valuate cultural ecosystem services? In addition to questionnaire survey, we also have data from urban forest plots on forest structure and composition. We followed the guidelines from i-tree-eco software's handbook and UFORE model developed by the US Forest Service (David Nowak). We will really appreciate if you can provide us some literature or provide some suggestions on methods to quantify cultural ecosystem services.
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First of all, there are two different questions to look at. The first is the value and status of the eco-system and the second is the value and the quantity of the service. By focussing on eco-system services and not the capital we tend to miss important aspects. The first is the value of the natural capital. Capital is something which is used in production but not used up. Built capital (like houses) are valued at "market value" that is what someone is prepared to pay for them, rather than their replacement cost, which must form some baseline. The next value and quantity is that of "roof over head" or apartments. Again, unless you have controlled rents (Germany) you have the valuation of what people are prepared to pay. So the quantification is the number of apartments and with number of bedrooms, total potential housing people/year.
Value is tricky. If I have a home I will not want to respond to a "flats to rent" sign. But if homeless and with money I might. Homeless without money I won't.
Now. let us assume that we want our population to have a service. What natural capital is needed to provide that service? Now you have a dimension. What natural capital do we have? Now you have a gap to work with. Do we have the capital and are still not providing the service? Now you have a production gap.
But of course, the difficult thing is what service?
There IS one measure though of ecosystems - maturity. See Odum et al. Easy to measure, mature eco-systems represent capital that can be used to provide services. Mature eco-systems have high mass, absorb sunlight, control rain, provide biodiversity etc etc.
So that brings me to answer that 1) measure the ecological maturity. 2) Dimension the natural capital needed by the geographical region the capital shall serve. 3) identify the services remembering that you need to extract the services without degrading maturity. Clever people(indigenous) increase maturity AND extract services at the same time. Read Odum if you haven't already.
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After studying Consumer Brand Engagement (CBE) literature (Hollebeek et al 2014) I wonder how to use the CBE scales and what for?
The CBE scales contain usually three dimensions:
Cognitive: Using [brand] gets me to think about [brand].
Affective: I feel very positive when I use [brand].
Activating1: I spend a lot of time using [brand], compared to other [category] brands.
Scholars that use the scales in their studies can get results about what are consumer reactions (natural science?) to particular brands. However they can't study how the brands inspire (social sciences) consumers to transform their value formation practices, can they? It limits the scientific critic of brand values.
I would argue that the consumer-brand engagement concept contains the hidden assumption that consumers choose what is best for them or at least they can rank or order the offers according to the personal preferences. Scholars who use the concept (together with the assumption) don’t study values/principles which are independent of observed individual interactants choices and valuations – they put the values (causes? inspirations?) into the black box in their studies.
The problem is known in economics (the social-science-based economists criticize the natural-science-based economists with different outputs) but not recognized in brand management I suppose.
What do you think?
Literature
Hollebeek L.D., Glynn M.S.. and Brodie R.J. (2014) Consumer Brand Engagement in Social Media: Conceptualization, Scale Development and Validation, Journal of Interactive Marketing 28(2): 149-165
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I have just browsed
Algharabat, R., Rana, N. P., Alalwan, A. A., Baabdullah, A., & Gupta, A. (2020). Investigating the antecedents of customer brand engagement and consumer-based brand equity in social media. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 53.
my point:
The authors study how brands can generate consumer brand engagement that affects brand equity whereas the should rather study how brand offers or brand other activities inspire consumers-and-other-stakeholders transformation and empowerment for rest of their life.
There is a lot of research on how brands can generate consumer engagement and almost no research on how brands transform and empower consumers for the rest of their life. The last work of Banksy about eclipse of the liking-based heroes belongs to the latter group as to the field of art. The Instagram initiative of like- button removal is the practical action of this kind.
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We are interested in finding researchers who have experience in analyzing dialogues between science, policymakers, civil society, and the private sector. The aim of our project is to learn more about the “co-creative modus operandi” and to discuss whether (and how) such an approach could be integrated in the field of policy advice, by bringing different stakeholders together in reciprocal learning and decision-making processes in order to generate solutions that are valued by all of the parties involved.
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Hello,
I have a paper where I am getting R squares at 23%. The reviewer has asked if this can be considered as sound!
I remember reading that in social sciences, since there are several factors which affect the predictability, low R squares can be considered as sound. Can someone help me find the reference please
Thanks in advance
Anamika
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Anamika Sinha I agree with Andreas Kopf regarding misperceptions about the quality of a study based on R-square. What more important is that how do we understand and interpret R-square and other output of a statistical analysis.
Secondly, 23% explanation of the total variance (i.e., R-square or Coefficient of the determination) is not at all small but just below Large (i.e., Large is 0.2592 and above), according to Cohen (1988). Accordingly Small is 0.0196, and Medium is 0.1304. Consult the references given below please. Regards
Cohen, J. (1988). Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences. (Second ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Cohen, J. (1992). Statistical power analysis. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1(3), 98-101. doi:10.1111/1467-8721.ep10768783
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A Journal that is in the Web of Science (WoS) as social science citation indexd but it is not found on the list of Journal Citation Report (JCR). The website of the Journal shows also that it is SSCI. What is the cause?
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There could be two scenarios. First, the journal could be a predatory journal with bogus impact factor and bogus indexed information. Second, the journals may actually be listed in WOS, but has not been assigned any impact factor yet. There are several journals that have not received an impact factor because they may not have been indexed in WOS for long.
To check for the first issue, I suggest you look up the publisher. If the publisher is legitimate like Wiley, Elsevier, Sage, Taylor and Francis, Cambridge, Oxford, MIT press; then the journal might not have received any JCR report yet. You may also want to check Beall's predatory journal list.
To check for the second scenario, if you have an EndNote account you can login and enter the section named "Manuscript Match". You can choose some of the similar articles published in that journal and develop a title or abstract just to check of if the journal appears as one of the potential match. I hope this might uncover the mystery of this particular journal.
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New ideas, new concepts in science and art arise as a result of human creativity, innovation, emotional intelligence, the need for self-realization, the need to be appreciated by other people. These are the values at the very top of Maslov's pyramid. Human higher needs arose through the evolution of human consciousness and intelligence under conditions of multi-generational development of sociobiological and psychosocial determinants.
Please, answer, comments.
I invite you to the discussion
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For creative humans: intuition, emotionality and experience play a fundamental role. No computer/no machine can replace this.
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As a public health measures to control the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, social distancing and home quarantine are implemented in some countries.
As a matter of fact, patients are absence from clinic under COVID-19, and clinic-based diabetic control monitoring becomes challenging.
Do you expect a change in diabetic control for these patients when staying home?
They have less exercise, and may eat more snacks at home.
Or in contrast, they are too bored, and have time to develop new exercise without pressure from work? Besides, they are banned from social around, and may eat drink less alcohol and eat less feast.
What do you think?
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COVID-19 will increase vascular complications
Coronavirus associated with respiratory distress and ph changes Both Quarantine &Thinking increase stress hormones so more oxidations Limited Exercise will increase blood glucose level
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COVID-19 is in no doubt affecting every walks of life. Its impact towards every one and others' psychological and psychiatric health is significant, yet how should we quantify them?
Let's pull all related publications here for reference:
Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 and Physical DistancingThe Need for Prevention and Early Intervention
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Dear Research Gate Members,
Nowadays, every one is talking about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and its affects are alarming throughout the world. Routine operations of many organisations are also affected badly throughout the affected regions. I have observed that many, considering the Corona Virus risks many organisations have transformed their many routine operations to Virtual/Online.
Please, share your expert observations and/or suggestions on the following matter.
Have you observed the transformation of routine operations to Virtual/Online in the amid of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) scenario in your organisation?
In case of yes, please share the major ones.
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Hi! Now the whole communication has transformed to online including the daily meeting or classes. submission of assignments are also done online. google class, zoom etc. are used to conduct classes. Thanks
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Hello People of knowledge
The subject is social science. I need some help with Epistemology, ontology, axiology and methodology and how the following words are defined. -Epistemology ( knowledge how to know)<<<<< Materialists, realists, objectivists? Empiricism, Rationalism. -Ontology ( knowledge of being) Materialism, realism, idealism, Relativism.
-Positivism Induction, Deduction ,Abduction ,Social Constructivism, Critical Realism. <<<<<< Materialist?? Objectivists?
-Methodology Nomothetic – Ideografic Methodologal individualism/holism.
-Hermeneutics Historicism, Phenomenology, Paradigm, Discourse, Dialectics, Critical theory.<<<<< Idealists, relativists?? Subjetivist?
--I have put them in the order i believe is correct and so far I have understood....
--Epistemology has empiricism and rationalism and so we have positivism vs Hermeneutics.
-Ontology is idealism, relativism vs realism and materialism.
-What I dont understand is what each of these words has the standpoint when it come to ontology, epistemology, axiology and methodology?
-I am really confused and stuck, could someone please kindly explain this to me. Would be really grateful
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Deed dere Hey, I would like to deepen my understanding on the issues you raised in here. Would you help me with some material/slides/schemes? Thanks a lot
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Many journal publishers are opening their COVID-19 researches for free to the public. Among them which are the most useful? Is more famous one the better one?
If you got a research on COVID-19 on hand, which one of the following will you submit to ?
Which one is easiest to accept your publication?
Please vote as you like!
Other than those common opened platform below, you can also suggest any new ones you think is useful for COVID-19 research.
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I will usually prefer to publish Coronavirus paper in journals related to Microbiology, Medicine, and Public Health
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What kind of scientific research dominate in the field of social media portals? What are the important topics in the field: Social media?
Social media can affect the personal lives of individual people. The sociological behavior of people is changing. Some people exchange traditional contacts with other people for contacts via social media portals. It changes the sociology of people's behavior, it affects sociological behavior, it generates new types of problems that also affect behavioral economics and the behavior of entire communities.
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Can a school discussion club run on social media portals be an active didactic tool that develop critical thinking in students?
Yes, I totally agree to this concept. First of all, it should be monitored by teachers and school authorities prohibiting negative and offset remarks.
The threads of conversation and relevant answers to questions by students will boost the morale of students. The intrinsic motivation of students will accentuate while seeing their answers being READ, RECOMMENDED and LIKED. The students will opt for research and give valuable and deep insight to questions enhancing critical and collaboration skills. These two skills are termed as 21st Century Skills.
Teachers can take the social media discussion tool for discussion in classrooms and also lead students to Media Conference thereby developing leadership skills in them.
Students will be aware of the society problems and feel closer to universal problems which they are part of.
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In your experience, what social science (especially sociology) journals have short articles with simple and clear wording? I'm trying to find articles for my undergraduate students to read but everything is either 20+ pages and straightforward OR short but hard to comprehend. I understand the reason behind this but if you've noticed any journals that have good empirical articles for undergraduate students, please let me know. Ideally, I'm looking for empirical sociology articles to use as examples of research methods in my methods course.
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You may look into journals covered by Emerald regarding your concern.
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Dear Research Gate Members,
Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, many cities are facing partial or complete Lock Down. Like other sectors, Higher Education is also affected badly due to these Lock Downs. To overcome this situation either many Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) have adapted the Distance Learning/E-Learning/Virtual Education or planning to implement it. Many Universities and/or colleges are new to Distance Learning/E-Learning/Virtual Education and are having issues in its implementation as well. In this scenario, it’s really important to share the expert opinions and experiences.
Please, share your expert opinion, experiences and/or suggestions on the following matter.
Which Learning Management System (LMS) is more suitable for Distance/Virtual Education or E-Learning in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs)?
If you prefer more than one, then please rank them.
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You Tube is not a bad choice. Khan Academy built up a good platform there. Open spaces can make no harm. It is always better to share than to create closed paradises
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In highly developed countries and economically fast developing countries there are analogous processes of changes in the demographic structure of society consisting in the aging of the population and the accompanying process of depopulation of cities, agglomeration, decreasing number of births, decreasing fertility rate in families. These processes, which are unfavorable for the economic development of the country, usually have at least several causes.
Extending the average life expectancy of citizens results from improved living standards, increased income and related improvements in quality of life, improvement of nutrition and improvement in the health care services sector. In addition, some of the lowly, educated people go to look for more interesting jobs and higher salaries by hiring in other countries. In a situation where young people paying off housing loans, are also burdened with various taxes, they are forced to work, to professional activity all adult members of the family of working age.
As a result, the pressure, the need to have more than 1 or 2 children are decreasing, and then the fertility decreases, which contributes to the decline in the number of citizens in the long term. In order to counteract this disadvantage for the national economy, this country should develop social policy to support young people, including subsidizing the purchase or rental of housing, establishing guaranteed income related to raising children, developing programs supporting the nursery, pre-school and education, pediatric health care system, etc.
Examples of such programs of active socio-economic policy are: Family 500 Plus Program and Flat Plus Program (Mieszkanie Plus Program). Because these programs have been developed only for 3 years, so you can not objectively assert how they affect the demographic structure of society, or motivate you to make decisions about having a larger number of children. In order to be able to answer this type of questions objectively, ie with regard to relevant scientific data, these Programs should be conducted with a minimum of 2-3 subsequent generations of citizens.
On the other hand, there has already been a noticeable increase in consumption for various types of goods purchased by citizens, which has a pro-development effect on the economy as it increases the level of economic growth. It may be one of the key elements of the socio-economic policy of anti-crisis, countercyclical importance, ie increasing the resilience of the domestic economy to global economic crises and the slowdown in global economy growth, e.g. the currently observed slowdown in global economy caused by the so-called war wars and other restrictions on the development of international trade.
In the context of the above issues, I am asking you the following question:
How can changes in the demographic structure of society affect the economic development of the country?
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High working age group with human capital is always beneficial.
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Global problems need social science. Responding to an unusual job posting for scientists, mathematicians and “super-talented weirdos” to work for the UK government, Hetan Shah (would be chief executive of the British Academy ) warns that prioritizing science and technology over the humanities and social sciences will mean essential knowledge is overlooked.
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The question has gotten two opposing answers, to which I see both points. I must however agree more with Lusine. I'm no expert in this, but I have background in both main fields.
Humans are unpredictable and complex, but not impossible to understand. The complexity is of a kind that regular hard science can't handle without diving into specifics, easily losing the wider picture.
While the hard sciences are very good at finding specific answers to natural phenomena, sometimes they forget the wider picture of things that may affect these answers. Social sciences and Humanities are better at seeing the wider picture of things, but often struggle to give direct answers, as there are many factors affecting each other and the results that contribute to the answers.
Hard data are worthless on their own if there isn't a context of other data and knowledge to put them into, and social sciences and humanities can help with that kind of analysis.
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I'm exploring methodological issues and looking for sources and literature related to psychoanalytic methods used in social science research.
Thank you in advance for any ideas you might have!
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Depth psychology is relevant, in my experience.
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In which areas of science are adequate research carried out by research teams, and in which areas, scientific disciplines are research conducted by researchers more often? Do you know fields, disciplines in which research is usually conducted by research teams? Do team research projects have specific attributes that generate additional added value or do they have an advantage over research conducted individually by scientists?
Do you agree with me on the above matter?
What is your opinion on this topic?
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I invite you to discussion and scientific cooperation.
Thank you very much.
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Dariusz Prokopowicz
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Dear Colleagues and Friends from RG,
In the context of the above discussion, I propose to add to our considerations the following important issue:
The impact of scientific conferences on the development of science.
Scientific conferences make it possible to make friends with other scientists and researchers. During the conference there are opportunities to conduct discussions and debates on interesting topics. Thanks to this, it is possible to undertake scientific cooperation and create international research teams and projects.
Do you agree with me on the above matter?
- What do you think about this topic?
- What is your opinion on this topic?
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Dariusz Prokopowicz
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What are the advantages of conducting research in international research teams?
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Dear Colleagues and Friends from RG,
The above discussion inspired me to the following considerations regarding the following issues:
Collaborative publication of scientific papers as a presentation of research results carried out by teams of researchers and scientists.
Joint publishing has many positive aspects. Publishing in co-authorship is often the result of the presentation of research results from team-led scientific research, is the result of research and scientific projects conducted by teams of researchers and scientists, and increasingly international research teams. There are many positive attributes associated with this. In a scientific publication written by a team of authors, joint conclusions from conducted research may be presented, with which all researchers, scientists of a given research team agree, and there may also be polemics and discussions that will significantly enrich the substantive values ??of a given scientific publication. In addition, if individual researchers, scientists of a specific international research team represent various countries and scientific environments, possibly also various scientific disciplines, then a specific jointly conducted research project obtains the attributes of interdisciplinarity, internationalization, etc. The possibilities of presenting multi-author texts and scientific papers, including scientific publications that were created to present the results of research carried out by international, interdisciplinary teams of researchers and scientists.
Do you agree with me on the above matter?
What is your opinion on this topic?
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Dariusz Prokopowicz
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IV(1) in my cross sectional observational study is a significant positive predictor for the DV in linear regression, and IV(2) is a significant negative predictor of the DV.
IV(1) has a positive pearson correlation with the DV, however when you do a partial correlation controlling for IV(2) the correlation between IV(1) and the DV becomes non-significant. (this relationship does not occur in the other direction, a.k.a correlation of IV(2) and DV, controlling for IV(1) remains the same and significant)
I'm confused as to why the correlation becomes non-significant when controlling for IV(2), but when both the variables are in predictors in the regression they remain significant independent of each other.
Why is this the case, and how would you suggest going about interpreting this?
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Hello Fizza Qureshi. Think about the distinction between partial and semi-partial (aka., part) correlations. What happens if you compute semi-partial correlations rather than partial correlations? My guess is the results will be consistent with what you're seeing in your regression results. HTH.
PS- To get semi-partial correlations with SPSS (which you listed as a topic), use the ZPP option on the STATISTICS sub-command of the REGRESSION command. ZPP is short for zero-order, partial & part correlations.
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For Psychology (and other aspiring sciences and for even for good established sciences): Isn't it better to speak and write in terms of "conditions-for" instead of 'causes'?
My answer: Yes. Yes. Yes. Most usually. (Most certainty for a Biological science, like Psychology; HERE I am talking about a science of behavior patterns PER SE (i.e. "just behaviors"). (What is closest to a 'cause' is what ethologists call: proximate causes.))
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This present Question is especially for some certain individuals (who I read): The above Question is something useful to think about OTHER THAN philosophy and especially philosophical Questions about "Consciousness" and "philosophy-and-science". Those Questions are useless, senseless, ridiculous Questions that most certainly will lead nowhere (certainly nowhere useful). Consider my present Question instead, for "therapy".
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RE: «Isn't it better to speak & write in terms of "conditions-for" instead of 'causes'?»
Wouldn't the conditions have to be casual conditions? Sure, causal explanation is pragmatic or interest-relative, and we focus on a causal factor that's relevant to us. So to light a match I think of causing it to light by striking it, our usual practice. I suppose in a certain kind of anaerobic environment, a more salient action might be injecting oxygen at the moment and point of striking.
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Dear Research Gate Members,
It has been observed worldwide that the individual with weak immune system can be easily attacked by Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). The prominent health experts are also suggesting to improve immune system against Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19).
Please, share your expert suggestions on the following question.
How can we strengthen our immune system to fight against Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) spread?
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Distinguished colleagues,
I need your professional opinion for my ongoing research. Any input, support, publication links or comments will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance!
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Dr. Vardan Atoyan
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AI can save our time & help in collecting many data what humans cant. In fact AI can share researches with the entire world. That's obviously the benefit part. But the challenge is the propergal & ethical use of AI devises to reserach.
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Hello!
I'm trying my hand at multilevel modeling during my master's dissertation. I have three levels: firms, industries, regions. I'm having the issue of many of my firms having multiple activities. As an example, some firms that do sea transportation and fishing, or even sea transportation and garbage removal, or selling plants and repairing cars etc. I didn't think of this issue in the beginning. Is it possible for the observations (firms) to belong to several level 2 variables? What solutions are available to me? I could always just delete their other activities and only take into consideration the first activity they provide, but that feels like a last resort kind of solution.
Thank you!
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Just start simple with equal weights , but it can be become quite sophisticated
these two volumes will help on the Bayes estimation:
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Can you recommend recent research on the application of calendar methods in social sciences?
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Criminologists are increasingly theorizing about relationships between life-course occurrences and patterns of criminal behavior. The life-events calendar method features interviewing conditions that respondents find more pleasurable than those typical of traditional survey administrations. It also provides a way to collect retrospective longitudinal data that is cheaper than using traditional panel designs and potentially more practical when dealing with unstable respondents that would be difficult to re-contact. The life-events calendar method provides data that are rarely worse and typically more comprehensive than data derived from traditional surveys, making it a viable option for criminologists who conduct survey research. The life-events calendar method encourages accuracy in self-reporting by providing respondents with visual and verbal cues that facilitate recall, utilizing reference points to improve precision and establish temporal ordering, and facilitating respondent-researcher interaction. The life-events calendar method is therefore ideal for studying offenders and others who feature memory problems, cognitive difficulties, co-occurring risk factors, and instability in their lives.
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Scopus-Indexed and ISI-Indexed Journals in Education and Social Sciences where you can publish your work.
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First off, I suggest that you avoid predatory journals/publishers. Secondly, if your research had roots in psychology although it’s conducted in an education setting, I would recommend the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology which is an A-rated journal in psychology.
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I have always been looking for a higher Impact Factor journals in Social Sciences but found a few with nominal IF. But when it comes to comparison with Natural Sciences journals, there is a big difference in the IF number. Are natural science fields way too superior to Social Sciences?
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The current evaluation of the Impact Factor of the Journal based on the number of times was cited by the number of articles that are frequently cited by many users. Moreover, it is focused on Citation Reports, Citation Impact, and h-index, Citescore, Yearly Impact Factor, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank, etc. With regard to the popularity and reputation comparison between Natural Science Journal and Social Science Journals is that the number of users mostly cited the particular paper per day.
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Distinguished colleagues,
I need your professional opinion for my ongoing research. Any input, support, publication links or comments will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance!
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Dr. Vardan Atoyan
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My favorite ones are comparison, case studies, and interviews.
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I'm working with life satisfaction as my dependent variable and some other independent variables that measure purchasing power (consumption, income and specific expenditures). To take into account the diminishig marginal returns of this last variables (following the literature) I transformed them in terms of their natural logarithm. However, now I want to compare the size of the coefficients of specific expenditures with the ones of consumption and income. Specifically, I would like some procedure which allows me to interpret the result like this: 1 unit of resources directed to a type of expenditure (say culture) is more/less effective to improve life satisfaction in comparison with the effect that this same unit would have under the category of income. If I just do this with withouth the natural logarithm (that is, expressed in dolars) the coefficients change in counterintuitive ways, so I would prefer to avoid this.
I was thinking about using beta coefficients, but I don't know if it makes sense to standarize an already logarithmic coefficient.
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Am not sure Santiago I follow what you said. Elasticity can be used and Beta weights can be used. If I understand you? I will interpret elasticity as I % increase in the RHS variable changes the regressand by the estimated sign and coefficient of the RHS eg LnY= 2 -0.5Ln(X) -- Here a percent increase in X decreases y by .5 on the avg
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Social science and Management journals
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