Research, Statistics, and Psychology
November 8, 2010
“The definition of scientific method is a method of research in which a hypothesis is tested by means of a carefully documented control experiment that can be repeated by any other researcher” (yourdictionary.com, 2010.) “Research is the scholarly or scientific investigation or inquiry” (American Heritage Dictionary, 2000.) Primary and secondary data are dependent to each other, but also completely different. Primary data is first hand information. Secondary data is second hand information. Statistics add strength and certainty to scientific conclusions (Carpi, 2008.) Research is and investigation or inquiry into something in a scholarly or scientific manner. A way of doing this is the scientific method, in which a hypothesis is tested by means of a controlled experiment that can be repeated by another researcher. These two things are very important in the world of research and development, because in order to be accurate they have to be able to be duplicated by an unknown party to help prove the original study. Primary data is first hand information an example of this is when you write an autobiography. To acquire primary data it has to come directly from the original source or from “first hand knowledge of the person referenced in the data from a first hand witness” (members.tripod.com, 2010.) On a rare occasion you can find a pure primary data a death certificate is a good example because the date of death is most likely primary. Secondary data is second hand information an example of this is if someone writes a book about you or a biography. This is only if this person did not directly witness your life. Secondary data is similar to second hand information or he said she said. However unlike in a court of law it can be used in a study being done. Primary data can be affectively changed into secondary data just depending on who...
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