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Wednesday
May292013

Relief

I'm not sure if this is normal, but one of my biggest fears about running studies with real live people is that when I come to process the data, they'll all have decided to just spoil the questionnaire rather than answer. This fear makes me leave the pile of questionnaires untouched for far longer than necessary while I fret. Processing them only normally takes about an hour, and immediately makes me feel better, but I procrastinate about it for ages.

I just processed the questionnaires from the online game. I have 15 questionnaires, almost completely filled out. I haven't run the stats yet, but I'm not really concerned. They look like an interesting set of data compared to either of the other games I've run, and as long as I can tell a story about the outcome I am not wedded to a particular idea. I mean, that's what research is all about, isn't it?

The 'almost completely' is interesting. A couple declined to tell me their age, and one chap didn't answer two questions. So now I have to make a decision on what to do with that. But that's ok. I have data. I have a comparable amount of data to the other two conditions. I can work with that.

What a relief!

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