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Quantitative Research Methods

Table of Contents

1 Philosophical Foundations
     1.1 Ontology
            1.1.1 Realism
            1.1.2 Relativism
     Epistemology
            1.2.1 Positivism
            1.2.2 Constructionism
     1.3 Methodology
            1.3.1 Quantitative
            1.3.2 Qualitative
            1.3.3 Mixed methods
2 The Quantitative Research Process
     2.1 Literature Review
     2.2 Theoretical Framework
     2.3 Research Questions and Hypotheses
     2.4 Research Design
            2.4.1 Research Design Perspectives
            2.4.2 Sampling
            2.4.3 Variables and Factors
            2.4.4 Instruments
            2.4.5 Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis
            2.4.6 Evaluation of Findings
     2.5 Conclusions and Recommendations
3 Populations
     3.1 Profiling
     3.2 Probabilities
     3.3 Distributions
            3.3.1 Normal Distribution
            3.3.2 Chi-Square Distribution
            3.3.3 Binomial Distribution
            3.3.4 t Distribution
            3.3.5 F Distribution
            3.3.6 Distribution-Free and Non-Parametric
4 Samples
     4.1 Statistics
     4.2 One-sample Case
            4.2.1 One Normal-like Scale Variable
            4.2.2 One Non-Parametric Scale Variable
            4.2.3 Two Normal-like Scale Variables
            4.2.4 Two Non-Parametric Scale Variables
            4.2.5 Many Normal-like Scale Variables
            4.2.6 Many Non-Parametric Scale Variables
            4.2.7 Nominal Variables
     4.3 Two and Many-Samples Case
5 Hypothesis Testing
     5.1 Sample Size
     5.2 Reliability
6 Advanced Methods of Analysis
     6.1 Exploratory Factor Analysis and Principle Component Analysis
     6.2 Cluster Analysis
     6.3 Structural Equation Modeling
            6.3.1 Path Analysis
            6.3.2 Confirmatory Factor Analysis
     6.4 Time Series Analysis
     6.5 Decision Analysis
            6.5.1 Payoff Table Analysis
            6.5.2 Decision Trees
            6.5.3 Game Theory
     6.6 Simulations
7 Publishing Research
     7.1 Journal Publication
            7.1.1 Title Page
            7.1.2 IMRaD Sections
            7.1.3 References
     7.2 Dissertations
            7.2.1 Chapter 1 Introduction
     7.3 Chapter 2 Literature Review
     7.4 Chapter 3 Methods
     7.5 Chapter 4 Results
     7.6 Chapter 5 Discussion
Appendix A Questionnaire Structure
Appendix B Cheat Sheets