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Taken from Passion Driven Statistics 2014 ibook
Purpose The goal of research is to disseminate your work and allow it to guide further study. As such, writing is an important and ongoing part of the research process.
Successful empirical writing minimizes descriptive or complex language so methodologies, conclusions, and theories are accessible to readers from all areas of expertise. Although this sounds easy, it is difficult to write clearly and concisely—especially when writing an empirical paper for the first time.
Process Figure Credits: Practical Multivariate Analysis ed 5, Afifi, May, Clark.
Reproducible Research You are your own collaborator 6 months from now. Make sure you will be able to understand what you were doing. Investing the time to do things clearly and in a reproducible manner will make your future self happy. Comment your code with explanations and instructions. How did you get from point A to B?
What is a literature review? Examination of the body of work that has been written about your topic In this context, it is a VERB (but it can also be a NOUN) Why do I need to do it? To understand the state of knowledge on your topic You must do this because others have researched something along the same lines as what you are interested in So you will be able to learn what methodologies, theories, or models others have applied to your research question It will help you ask your question better To refine (narrow, expand, focus, modify) your own research question To contribute to your area with something new, which is science!