Here’s the Data. Get to work!

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“I’ll add you to the shared folder” you receive a pat on the back from Dr. Smyth. As an intern with no experience you sit at your computer and wait for the email invite to come through.

An hour later after arguing with the system admin about gaining access to the shared folder, you have your data in an excel spreadsheet and it is a lot. Even though only sixteen Chimpanzees were included in the study, there are hundreds of columns of meta data on each chimp to do analysis with. There appears to only be two columns for performance in the cognitive test involving different shaped blocks and holes with or without Ska music being played. What do you even do with all this data?

Analyze all of the results on the two relevant columns

Futz around with the numbers

Watch Youtube on how to do ANOVA in Excel

Lie about the results because you don’t know what you’re doing

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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