MRES Weekly Meeting Archive

9/19: Big Data

posted Sep 20, 2013, 7:33 AM by Simone Erchov

Today we're going to start our discussion on "Big Data".  We'll touch on what it means and why people are so passionate/concerned/angry/confused about the implications of this trend.  

Here are some references on what comprises big data and how it's being used:

9/12: Measurement and error reduction

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:51 PM by Simone Erchov

This week we will be discussing issues in measurement, specifically focused on reducing error and improving accuracy estimates.  One contentious topic in this realm has been the study of rape and the accuracy of sexual assault indicence rates.  How these incidents have been measured (type, wording on questionnaires, etc.) has shown to result in inconsistent outcomes.  Attached is an article providing an overview and one potential answer to the quandary.  In addition, the WSJ's Number Guy made an effort to address this problem as well.  Please come ready to discuss your thoughts!

9/5: Alternative sources for research articles

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:48 PM by Simone Erchov

We will discuss alternative sources to find research articles outside of the GMU library system.  This includes social media sites (e.g., reddit and twitter) as well as other scholarly-oriented resources. Be ready to discuss and add your own suggestion to the list!

8/29: MRES kick-off meeting

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:47 PM by Simone Erchov

Today  will be the kick-off for MRES Meetings this Fall.  Please come to the usual spot - DKH 2064 at noon - to discuss upcoming topics and what we have in store for the semester.

7/18-8/29: No Meetings

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:46 PM by Simone Erchov

MRES "Summer Break" begins; meetings will resume on August 29th.

7/11: R for data analysis and beyond

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:45 PM by Simone Erchov

We’re going to take some time to discuss R and its utility to researchers beyond data analysis. More specifically, we will touch upon its utility in writing research reports (aka there are options beyond Microsoft Word). One tool we will touch upon - Sweave - merges R and LaTeXallowing for the creation of reports that are easy to update and format. Here are some references to familiarize yourself with the software and their capabilities: Reference 1Reference 2Reference 3.

7/4: No Meeting

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:44 PM by Simone Erchov

No Meeting! Go enjoy some fireworks and bbq. Happy 4th!

6/27: Composite variables

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:43 PM by Simone Erchov

JWe’re going to discuss composite variables, a topic currently near and dear to Kathy and Patrick. Please take a look at the following (very short) article for an overview on the what, when, and how of composite variables. Come ready with thoughts and questions!

6/20: Alternative citation metrics

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:42 PM by Simone Erchov

Keeping with a topic we’ve spent time on recently, this week’s meeting will focus on alternative citations metrics. We’ll kick off this conversation with a discussion on altmetrics. The Chronicle offers us an article reviewing “the rise of altmetrics” and raises questions about how to best measure the impact of research.

6/13: No Meeting

posted Sep 12, 2013, 2:41 PM by Simone Erchov

There will be no meeting this week.

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