Data Analysis Term Paper


Data Analysis Term Paper is the final paper for this course. Each student should identify a project topic, make research proposal and define the research questions, find the data to answer the questions stated in the proposal, analyze the data, and write a paper to summarize the findings. You will be asked to submit mid-term and final papers. These two papers should be about the same topic using the same data. In the mid-term paper, besides introduction and data collection sections, you only need to report the descriptive statistics. In the final term paper, you will add the inferential statistics in the data analysis section of your paper. The following two papers from a former student is a good example of a mid-term paper and a final paper: (Click here to Mid Term Paper Example | Click here to Final Term Paper Example)


Guidelines:  (Please view the video at the bottom of this page for more ideas.)


Final Project Data:

·        Option 1: (Most of the students took this approach in the past.) Define your own research objectives and collect your own data for the project. It is more fun taking this approach and I encourage you to do so. However, if human subjects are involved (such as collecting data from interview people) in the study you need to obtain the IRB approval from YSU. I advise is not to do so. It is alright if the data that you collected are simply from observing behavior and not disturbing any human or animal subjects and not revealing identity of the individual just the like the following two examples.

o   Two project examples: (You may follow exactly the same thing describing in the following examples for conducting your own project. But, I think you would have more fun finding your own question to answer in your own term project.)

i         The Average Spending in a Fast Food Restaurant.

ii       The Percentage of Drivers Fully Stopped at a Stop Sign

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·        Option 5: You may download data from the Internet or obtain data from other resource for your project.



A Recorded Lecture about Term Paper:

Recorded Lecture About Term Project  (Download Lecture Notes)

· About Term Project Video 1  [13:39]

· About Term Project Video 2  [3:00]

(The videos above were recorded from a different class, but the idea is the same.)