Now that it is time write up results in Chapter Four, it is also time to revisit some statistical terms. White space under the words “Chapter Four” brought panic. Instantly, I related to students who complained of not knowing what to write, so there is that silver lining.
Revisiting terms for descriptive statistics reminded me that I know more than I thought for this chapter. Here are a few terms to pepper in your chapter, for statistical description. No academic embellishment here. I boiled it down to my understanding to avoid embarrassment for the very exciting submission of my first final draft.
Sample Size: How many participants interacted with your study
Population Group: What group of society your participants represent
Population Subgroup: Divisions within the sample sizes; often separated by demographics
Central Tendency: Measures used to describe data; mean, median, and mode
Measures of Dispersion: aka measures of variability. How close your data lies together on a scatter plot, histogram, or what have you.
Standard Deviation: One measure of dispersion. It is demonstrated in the bell curve that shows the “bump” between the measures of data. So Einstein would be very far to the right in a demonstration curve of IQ.
Variance: Another measure of dispersion. How far your data spreads out.
Interquartile range: Yet another measure of dispersion. Difference between upper and lower quartiles of the data.
Univariate Analysis: Discuss one variable at a time in the descriptive portion, unless this variable is part of your research question. Then discuss under a research question heading.
Bivariate and Multivariate Analysis: Use this to show how variables interact and whether correlations exist in your work.
Okay, I think I am ready to give it a better shot. Any other basic terms to include?