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Jul 1

Realmente el estar pues en redes sociales , subir y publicar muchísimas cosas hacen que pensemos en que todo es mejor cuando la realidad es totalmente diferente y distinta a lo que podrían aparentar las redes

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Jul 1

I, as well as many other people, often see random statistics posted on social media platforms. It is our choice whether or not we accept these numbers.

While sharing statistics can be very useful, it may backfire when people don’t like their meaning. This leads to hate comments arguing etc.

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Jul 1

Most people accept statistics they see because they have no other knowledge that goes against the statistic. This can be very harmful and lead to false claims that may snowball into major issues.

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Jul 1

Summarizing details from findings can be very tricky sometimes when we are trying not to plagairize. I feel like this happens a lot in today’s media. Many people over or under-exaggerate statistics they find.

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Jul 1

I feel that this is one thing that is not talked about enough. We put our trust in these media sources and hope that they are reporting accurately, but there have been times when they have not and bigger problems arise.

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Jul 1

This is something that I am guilty of and working on. Often times, especially with social media, we hear so many “facts” and do not think to always check that it is actually a fact.

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Jul 1

I think this is a very good point to make and unfortunately, is something that happens quite often. People will manipulate small things like wording and suddenly a small rain storm can become a typhoon.

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Jul 1

Statistics are important because they can tell us the truth about our reality but they can also be twisted in order to lie to us. For example, neo nazis will often cite the stat that black people only make 14% of the population but commit 50% of the crime because of an inherent characterstic of black people, but this is a misuse of the stat because in reality there are a bunch of factors that cause increased rate of crime by black people, such as the police acting as an occupying force in predominantly black neighborhoods, systemic poverty forcing people to commit crime to survive, a lack of social safety nets to help people when they are suffering, etc. All of the real factors that cause an increased rate of crime by black people are due to social factors and how our institutions operate, not something inherent to black people.

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Jul 1

Bad statistics are incredibly common especially with how fast information can spread online. We end up getting lots of people who don’t have the knowledge to see that a statistic isn’t good or they misunderstand it. We saw this happen a lot during the height of the Covid pandemic.

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Jul 1

This is why it’s important to understand the difference between rate and totals. The statistic is saying that the total number of child gun deaths doubled between those years, which is still a lot but the rate, like gun deaths/1000 people, is probably a more important number here.

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Jul 1

I think it is really important to realize that a statistic can mean something different person to person if it is not clearly stated. For example when I think of a child I think of infancy to eighteen years old but this article states that 25 is the age they consider to be the cap.

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Jul 1

While I do agree to an extent that people often stick with what they are comfortable, if someone is never taught how to read a statistic properly or taught how to see if a statistic is unrealistic, then how is someone going to be able to separate things? That’s like handing a baby a shoe and assuming that since it can say shoe, it knows how to put a shoe on.

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Jul 1

I think this is really important because oftentimes, especially at a younger age, we tend to take what we are told at face value. Not a lot of extra research goes into it. I like that he is saying to just not take everything at face value and don’t be afraid to dive in a little further.

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Jun 30

How do you get rid of all your initial bias when it comes to working on creating a statistic. Especially in the beginning stages when it comes to research. I know there’s a lot of data that has a lot of bias making it correct in the sense of who it is about but not including everybody. So how do you not only eliminate bias but make sure to include everyone that you can?

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Jun 30

I believe this point is something that we can learn from even now. As people don’t believe experts in their field may know more. Sometimes people will even believe other sources rather than someone who is more knowledgeable in a field because they believe they are untrustworthy. This lack of trust in our country leads to a lot of problems.

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Jun 30

I agree with the consensus that bad data is something that affects the future. It is something that affects future data as well as the opinions of others. Especially people who only do research once and believe that statistic to be true for the rest of their life never actually knowing that the data was false.

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Jun 30

I think when it comes to looking into a statistic more it is important to start at the roots. Knowing how things have evolved and changed over time can give you a better look at what is going on in your data. Especially if one year there is a significant spike or decrease that will effect your data.

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Jun 30

I like to say that the social sciences teach us to approach everything,including data, with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Jun 30

Great point Brianna! We’ll be talking a lot about credible sources next week as we start talking about our literature review.

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Jun 30

This portion is very important because it helps to show the credibility of Joel Best about the topic he is writing on. If someone is doing research, you would want to look at sources that are credible and big part is making sure the person who wrote the piece is a credible person.

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Jun 30

I think that this sentence shows a very important aspect of research and how wording plays a huge role. Since the difference in the wording changed so much it showed a whole different meaning compared to the original sentence. In order to get the point across that the researcher is trying to convey, the wording needs to make sense and be accurate.

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Jun 30

I found this interesting because it really gave you a breakdown of what it would look like based on their statistic. I feel like it really shows how important it is to make sure that our statistics are accuarte in research, so that it is credible.

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Jun 29

I also agree with Kathryn. Being critical is very important when dealing with data. Researchers need to be able to recognize the flaws as used in the article.

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Jun 29

Context matters! We’ll talk about that more this semester. And great connection with the inquiry journals!

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Jun 29

Love the connection you are making with what we discussed in class!

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Jun 29

Del – what a great insight. All of this talk about what can go wrong can be really depressing and make us want to give up. But like we talked about in our workshop, there are troubling things that happen when we don’t use data and “check out.” I hope that we’ll all be inspired this semester to keep engaging in ways that are helpful.

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Jun 29

Yes and these paragraph also reminded me of the interesting insights you all had in our workshop this week…when we were talking about how we need the media and headlines and yet the media and headlines also can cause problems.

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Jun 29

In the upcoming modules, you’ll learn a little more about the pressure that researchers and publishers of journals often experience – pressure to have big headlines. For those of you who like to think about capitalism and the many critiques of it, you might find it interesting to think about how research, like pretty much everything else, is an industry where some people benefit.

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Jun 29

We’ll be talking a lot about credible sources next week. It’s an important step in creating our own research proposal. Hopefully, we will do a better job than the folks in this article did!

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Jun 29

Just like in my first comment I expressed how I agree with the author in believing that we must be better when encountering these different statistics. Having a plan and it being in order will help ensure better data for researchers’.

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Jun 29

I think the author of this article is right. We should not give up on the numbers but be better. There are things we can do in a specific order in able to have better data and research outcomes.

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Jun 29

Being critical is crucial when interpreting data. It is important to have healthy background knowledge on how to differentiate good and bad statistics, as well as knowing what is considered a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ statistic.

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Jun 29

I like the analogy the author used when describing statistics manipulated by the author’s wordings as ‘mutated’. It is important to remember that the words surrounding numerical data can easily alter the data’s meaning to support the author’s argument.

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Jun 29

It is important to note the lack of trust that people have in statistics when in the past statistics and numerical data were considered more trustworthy forms of data.

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Jun 29

I really like this sentence because it stresses the importance of being educated, or willingness to learn.

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Jun 29

This sentence made me think of our inquiry journals and how we look to understand why we are learning what we are and how we can understand fully. I think that these concepts relate to anytime we learn or want to learn. Understanding background and reason for needing the material allows for complete conclusions to be made.

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Jun 29

I don’t have much to say with this other than that I think it is very true and shows how important honest data collection is.

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Jun 29

I was thinking right along the same lines in regards to public fear. I think public fear creates lots of opportunity for “heros” to sweep in and skewed data sometimes does not seem to be accidental, but rather purposeful. This sentence just makes me think of intentions and having to dig deep before believing a dramatic statistic.

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Jun 29

I think that Joel Best (the author of this article) is critiquing the person who published that statistic by explaining that it can easily be misinterpreted leading to false beliefs, which could skew data analysis or public opinion.

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Jun 29

I think that this example teaches a very important lesson of how easily data can be twisted or skewed depending on the message which is trying to be conveyed. It also makes me think about how easy it is to believe a statistic, even if it is very incorrect.

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Jun 29

The parents then remember the things their daughter used to do and how she would voice her opinion and wasn’t afraid.

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Jun 29

The way Mr.Davies responds to the situation seems to be as if he chose to belittle Lucy. It also seems to be because of who Mitchell’s father is, mr.Davies chooses to blame Lucy for the end of the the discussion.

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Jun 29

Since her mom is no longer that way, every time she remembers what/who she used to be it’s like a little flashback. Since she smiles, no matter what she did, she did it and it’s all just a story now.

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