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Little Green Book

INTRODUCTION TO DATA PROCESSING

Data processing is like the backstage of a theater. It is rarely seen and frequently ignored, even by researchers. Few textbooks explain it, and instructors typically give it only passing comment. Yet, just as what goes on behind the scenes greatly contributes to the quality of a stage production, data processing critically affects an investigator's ability to carry out reliable, valid research. In their haste to test hypotheses, researchers often do a slipshod or incomplete job of data processing. As a result, they may have to process data over and over again to put it into usable form. Such wasted effort eats up time and money budgeted for other things. In the worst cases, researchers may never get their data into a usable form such that their results can be trusted. In this book, we will explain systematically how to perform data processing using today's technology. The term data processing ...

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