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Tips For Requesters On Mechanical Turk: The BOT problem on Mturk
In an academic setting, 95% is an A. In a professional setting, 95% is abysmal. Many studies are published on Mturk using 80-95% and some using no qualifications at all. Your study WILL fill using 99% and above if you pay a fair wage.
research  methods  academia  mechanical-turk  amazon  mturk  bots  automation 
august 2018 by jomc
If You’re A Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject - Bloomberg
The free gifts are just one of the little-known and complicated ways Facebook works with academic researchers. For scholars, the scale of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users provides an irresistible way to investigate how human nature may play out on, and be shaped by, the social network. For Facebook, the motivations to work with outside academics are far thornier, and it’s Facebook that decides who gets access to its data to examine its impact on society.
facebook  ethics  research  academia 
june 2018 by jomc
The Unknown, Poorly Paid Labor Force Powering Academic Research - Motherboard
Even if the contractors on MTurk are paid ethically, it's not clear whether the data they provide is skewing researchers' findings.

As political scientists Kathleen Searles and John Barry Ryan wrote in the Washington Post, it's definitely reasonable to use MTurk to gather data in certain circumstances. The trouble is knowing when. Even when it's appropriate, it's important not to oversell the results because "studies using MTurk do not always lead to the same conclusion as those using national samples," they said.
amazon  mechanical-turk  research  academia 
april 2018 by jomc
Bussed out: how America moves thousands of homeless people around the country | US news | The Guardian
He insists he was never told that by agreeing to take that Greyhound bus ticket off of the island, he was also promising never to come back.
poverty  homelessness  sf  methodology  research  dataviz 
december 2017 by jomc
Metaphorically Speaking, Men Are Expected to be Struck by Genius, Women to Nurture It - The New York Times
They found that people tend to rate discoveries that came about “like a light bulb” as more exceptional than those that are “nurtured like seeds.” But not when the inventor was a woman. In that case, people rated “nurtured” ideas as more exceptional...
This study suggests that it benefits a man to downplay how much work went into his ideas. And it benefits a woman to prove how much work went into hers.

(thinking of how this connects to personal essays vr reported pieces)
metaphor  research  science  ideas  gender 
october 2016 by jomc
The Pamphleteers - The Los Angeles Review of Books
Academics have become so specialized and are writing mostly for each other that much of the history writing now is being done by non-academics. David McCullough and Ron Chernow are prime examples — journalists or former journalists who have become pretty good historians. These people are filling a gap that academic historians have allowed by being so absorbed in their own arguments with each other.

When I came of age in the 1950s, people like Richard Hofstadter and Daniel Boorstin and C. Vann Woodward were writing for two readerships simultaneously — they were writing for their fellow historians and for the general public. That’s no longer true. Most academic historians are writing for each other and are not trying to meet this other need. It’s partly because of the increasing specialization within the discipline. It is a problem. 
academics  writing  research  history 
october 2015 by jomc
For Guccifer, Hacking Was Easy. Prison Is Hard. - NYTimes.com
Marcel-Lehel Lazar, a jobless 43-year-old former taxi driver. He had no expertise in computers, no fancy equipment, only a clunky NEC desktop and a Samsung cellphone, and no special skills beyond what he had picked up on the web...Mr. Lazar trawled the web for information about his targets and then simply guessed the right answers to security questions.
hackers  research  transparency  guccifer 
april 2015 by jomc
Lydia Davis at the End of the World ‹ Literary Hub
“The idea of ‘letting the data speak’ opens up genuine and almost insoluble problems of form. I did a lot of research for a friend who was researching her family’s fate during the Holocaust. I had access to every year of the Vienna telephone directory. And every year, beginning in the late 30s and going up to about ’42, there were fewer of her family members in the directory. Year by year, the number went down: twelve, seven, five, four, three. And finally none. These bare facts are extremely touching on the page, and that reaction comes directly from the primary material. If you do all the research and then work a lot on editing everything the right way, I do not believe the result will be as moving as the direct response to the primary material. It is a real problem.”
research  data 
april 2015 by jomc
Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits - WSJ
one of the better pieces

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Since its creation in 2007, Facebook's Data Science group has run hundreds of tests. One published study deconstructed how families communicate, another delved into the causes of loneliness. One test looked at how social behaviors spread through networks. In 2010, the group measured how "political mobilization messages" sent to 61 million people caused people in social networks to vote in the 2010 congressional elections.
facebook  data  research 
july 2014 by jomc
The Test We Can—and Should—Run on Facebook - Kate Crawford - The Atlantic
“Manipulative experimentation,” according to Shils, “is not a relation between equals; it is a relationship in which power is exercised.” For him, the less a subject is informed about or agrees with the aims of the experimenter, and the less intelligible the means of the study, the more ethically problematic it becomes.
facebook  research  power  experiment 
july 2014 by jomc
IEEE Spectrum: How Much Information Was Consumed By Americans In 2008?
What the GIIC researchers found (or better estimated), was that in 2008 the average American consumed 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes of information for 11.8 hours on an average day. In 1980, Americans averaged 7.4 hours consuming information. ***(reading up after decline due to television--))
reading  internet  trends  research  television  information 
december 2009 by jomc
Polar Rose | Welcome!
bought by apple in oct2010-jan11,2011
photography  research 
may 2008 by jomc

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