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  • minttyt 6:11 am on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Fake Survey! 

    I had to distribute 200 questionnaires to collect the data but I am lagging far behind. Can I fill the excel sheet of data myself? That would be like too easy and make my life simple. But I am afraid of the risks associated with this unethical way. Has anyone done something like this before and didn’t get caught?

    • sophiaw740 7:41 am on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am no one to judge, but that is so not ethical. Anyway, people do that all the time, though I don’t know if they got caught or not.

    • dolliejgandy 11:20 am on May 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes you can do that, my friend faked it too. In fact he didn’t even fill out the questionnaires, just developed a fake excel sheet. There were 200 quantitative questionnaires to be distributed. He just filled out the excel sheet with the fake responses (in 1s and 2s…etc.). Then he gave the sheet to the statistician and got the analysis done. As simple as that. And the shocking thing is that nobody asked for his filled questionnaire. So, the thing about fake survey is that if someone runs a background check, you are gonna be in deep trouble and if no one gives a damn, then that’s freaking awesome!

    • minttyt 9:14 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think I can go with this idea but what if I am asked for the filled questionnaires?

    • dolliejgandy 11:58 am on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Then you’re gonna have to show them the dummy questionnaire, which is next to impossible as you’ll have to match your results to what you have to fill. But you can do that, or just fill your questionnaire before, and then run the analysis. That will be easy.

    • tappedward 11:48 am on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Tell your friends to fill up your questionnaire according to the results you want and just lay-back. Easy-peasy!

    • alexoliphaant 11:59 am on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Minty! I‘ll suggest you not to fake all the 200 questionnaire. Instead you can develop an online questionnaire and post it on Survey Monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/

      Through this website you will be able to create a genuine questionnaire and you will not require to fake your data.

    • tedg8 10:44 am on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pass on your questionnaires to your relatives, friends or friends’ friends. Ask them to fill it with different pens with different handwriting styles. That way it won’t look that fake. And yeah, the questionnaires may be fake but do run a real analysis!

    • sharonbaneey1 5:34 am on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Faking surveys is not uncommon now, reason being the-lack-of-time or financial constraints. If you type on Google, you’d find several options for faking a survey. I haven’t tried an online tool for that matter, but I have used “Fake Name Generator” (fakenamegenerator.com). See, this online tool generates fake names with fake addresses of people. So, you can take its help for filling the demographic profiles for your survey.

  • minttyt 12:23 pm on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Power Analysis- Help 

    Hey all, this is the first time I am initiating a thread and it’s nice to know that there are other people sharing similar difficulties. So, I’ll get to the point. I am having some difficulties getting my head around statistics and methodology.

    I have read a lot of books and decided on my methods but the road-block is choosing the appropriate statistical test and the sample size. I am thinking about conducting survey with simple random method and then do regression analysis as it would be most suitable as per my research. But how do I do the power analysis and choose the sample size? How to I justify it? It’s really confusing to me.

    • davidbergeviin 6:23 am on March 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey minttyt, I can understand how confusing it is to justify your research and statistical methods. If you want to select a sample size, then you can just find an online calculator for that. If you Google ‘online power/sample size calculator’ then you will find a whole load of different ones, so you should find one to suit!

    • terrywellch 6:03 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I used an online power calculator, the one at
      http://www.danielsoper.com/statcalc/ and also the one at
      I was using it for a correlation sample size calculation, I’m not sure if it does sample sizes for every different kind of analysis.

    • minttyt 4:47 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Are these calculators efficient? And there’s no formula in it. I think if I use them, it won’t be that conclusive you know? Using a proper formula for the matter can be more valid. Can you refer me any book or paper regarding the same?

    • terrywellch 11:42 am on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sure, this is the first PDF I got on sample size formulas. Here’s the link:

      Click to access PD00600.pdf

      The formulas available on other sites are similar as well. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other books for calculating sample size, maybe you can ask your librarian? That might help

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