Checking Data Entry

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*Why check to see if your data have been entered correctly?
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#People make mistakes. If your data have been entered by hand (by a person), then you need to double-check whether any mistakes were made when transfering into a dataset (software like SPSS, SAS, R+, S, etc.)
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#Computers make mistakes. If you collected your data online or through an online system (such as [[Internet Research Tools | surveymonkey or your own hosted site]], then the data *should* transfer into the dataset without error, unless the online system was incorrectly set up.
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#Irrespective of how the mistake occured, mistakes will misrepresent your true data. The purpose of conducting research is to discover reality, so incorrectly entered data thrawt the purpose of research.
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#Misrepresenting the data that was collected can significantly impact your findings. A single incorrectly entered number can be an outlier or reduce normality or change the findings from your study.
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*How do I check to see if the data have been entered correctly?
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Revision as of 03:33, 16 February 2008

  1. People make mistakes. If your data have been entered by hand (by a person), then you need to double-check whether any mistakes were made when transfering into a dataset (software like SPSS, SAS, R+, S, etc.)
  2. Computers make mistakes. If you collected your data online or through an online system (such as surveymonkey or your own hosted site, then the data *should* transfer into the dataset without error, unless the online system was incorrectly set up.
  3. Irrespective of how the mistake occured, mistakes will misrepresent your true data. The purpose of conducting research is to discover reality, so incorrectly entered data thrawt the purpose of research.
  4. Misrepresenting the data that was collected can significantly impact your findings. A single incorrectly entered number can be an outlier or reduce normality or change the findings from your study.
  1. Bef









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