Welcome to my field notes!

Field notes are notes I leave myself as I go through my day to day work. The hope is that other people will also find these notes useful. Note that these notes are unfiltered and unverified.

Survey Data

Usually, data people will encounter situations where they have to work on phenomena that are not directly measurable (opinions and perceptions, as one example). Surveys are usually the tool for dealing with that. While it is not completely different, there are some things to not when designing and analyzing surveys.

General Tips and Tricks

  • When designing some sort of Likert scale (on a scale fromx to y) question, it is generally suggested that you use an even number for y, because you force people to lean one side or the other and deny them the choice of being neutral.
    • If you are worried about people giving the wrong forced response, adding an “NA” or “I don’t know” response at the end of the scale may be a good compromise.