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Homework 9: Data Analysis Draft Purpose Your submission for this homework should reflect your preparations for data analysis, the completion of your work on SPSS, the results of your data analysis, and a draft of the interpretations and conclusions for your final report. This will put you well on the way toward completing a final paper, if you choose to write one rather than take the final examination. Questions 1. Provide a brief introduction which summarizes what your introduction and literature review would (or will) say. • Identify any relevant theoretical idea(s) which you will employ. • Be specific about the empirical phenomenon your work seeks to explain, the specific relationship it addresses, and how that relationship is typically understood and/or addressed in the literature which you have surveyed (if at all). 2. Provide a draft of a Data/Methods section. • Summarize your sample demographically – i.e. statistically summarize what is typical among your sample with regard to at least several common demographic variables, as well as the extent to which your sample differs from that typical value; and, if you can, say something about how your sample differs from the larger population to which you would like to make inferences. • Identify your hypotheses, as explicitly as possible. • Describe and define your variables conceptually (“theory”) and operationally (“coding” measures), and summarize them univariately. • Identify and describe the estimation techniques to be used – that is, which statistical test you will use (chisquare, t, F, or r). 3. Provide a draft of your Results/Analysis section. • Use appropriate techniques and statistics. • Include all of your analysis, not just a sample of what it will be or look like. • Be careful not to misinterpret numbers, and to understand what you’ve done. • Also, you should not only detail your results but also briefly interpret them. 4. Provide a very brief draft of your what you expect to say in your conclusion. • Summarize your interpretations, and reflect upon your hypothesis (or hypotheses). • Be clear, and account for anything that seems unusual. • Try to offer some original insight, but keep such offerings narrowed to the focus of your research question. • Above all, keep it scientific, and avoid meandering into prescriptions, exaggerations, and histrionics. Submit Output Attached to your analysis, you should submit your output file in its entirety. Clearly label any output which might not be directly understood, and make sure that the output is in some sort of order.