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# Enc1102 Data Analysis

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Drafting activities for your research paper: analyzing data, creating an outline, and drafting your methodology section

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### Enc1102 Data Analysis

1. 1. Dealing with your data
2. 2. Describe your research On a separate piece of paper:  Write your name at the top in large letters.  Underneath, write a brief description of your research--just enough to help others make sense of your data.  Leave space under the description for others to write.
3. 3. Share your data. On your desk, place:  All your data  The piece of paper with your name at the top and description Rotate around the room and look at each others’ data. You will write a comment on at least three people’s piece of paper.  Your comment should describe what you found to be most interesting in their data.
5. 5. Creating an argument Get in groups of 4-5. Be the first to “buzz in” with an argument based on the data on the screen.
6. 6. Creating an argument Students listened to several genres of music while writing. They made the most errors in grammar and spelling when listening to country or punk music, and produced the most words when listening to classical music or no music.
7. 7. Creating an argument In analyzing high school papers, it was found that if students disliked an assignment, they earned lower than a B 35% of the time. If they liked an assignment, they earned a B or higher 38% of the time.
8. 8. Creating an argument In senatorial campaign debates, successful candidates used logical arguments more frequently than emotional arguments.
9. 9. Creating an argument A sample of commercials for cleaning products reveals that ads from the 1950s featured a female using the product 97% of the time, whereas ads from the 1990s feature a female using the product 78% of the time.
10. 10. Creating an argument A case study of two participants revealed that recreational reading (20 minutes a day for one week) improved mood for one participant, and worsened mood for the other participant.
11. 11. Creating an argument When asked to describe a color shown to them, females tended to use more unusual words like “mustard” or “gold,” whereas males tended to use more typical words like “yellow.”
12. 12. Creating an argument Two groups of students were asked to watch the same American TV show. One group watched it with captions, and the other without. The group who watched the show with captions remembered more of the characters’ names, whereas the group without the captions were able to better describe what the characters and scenes looked like.
13. 13. Creating an argument Take a look at your own data. Interpret it/create an argument about it. Share.
14. 14. Develop your argument Write:  What the scholars say  What you are adding to the conversation (your argument)  How you are going to prove it (results, not methods)  Do you need to do any more research? Share.
15. 15. Presenting your data  Quantitative  Charts of numbers (Excel)  Other visualizations (Many Eyes)  Qualitative  Charts of textual features (see student paper)  Many Eyes: analyze text  Quotes  Discuss with a friend: how are you going to present your data? Offer suggestions.  Write.