A new version of REnPortable is available on GitHub. This adds a line to the file \REnPortable\Data\RData\.R\Makevars so that rStan 2.18+ can be installed.

# Author Archives: Michael

# REnPortable (v1.0.0)

REnPortable is a portable 64-bit R environment for Windows. It was put together using the PortableApps.com launcher but is not endorsed by and does not comply with PortableApps.com requirements.

Please note that to use REnPortable you need to supply your own 64-bit copy of R (base), Rtools, RStudio Desktop (Open Source Edition). REnPortable was tested with R v3.5.1, Rtools v3.4, and RStudio Desktop Open Source v1.1.453 on a Windows 10 (x64) machine. No support is offered for any of these programs — please use the relevant support pages.

The reason for putting together REnPortable was to have a complete, portable R environment to learn R and RStan. Therefore, all the preliminary work is complete to install the RStan for Windows packages into REnPortable.

You can find REnPortable on GitHub for more information and to download.

# A concept map of research methods

I have been working on an update to the article I wrote in 2012 on mind mapping research designs. Finally it has arrived! It is in A0 paper format but can be printed in A3 and is still pretty legible.

Concept map of research methods

## References

*Data visualization with d3.js*. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.

*Data visualization with d3.js cookbook*. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.

*Tableau data visualization cookbook*. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.

*SPSS statistics for data analysis and visualization*. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.

*Data visualization: a practical introduction*. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

*Data visualization for dummies*. Hoboken, NJ: For Dummies.

*The visual display of quantitative information*(2nd ed). Cheshire, CN: Graphics Press.

*MIX 2.0. Professional software for meta-analysis in Excel (version 2.016)*. BiostatXL. Retrieved from http://www.meta-analysis-made-easy.com

*Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method*(4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

*Learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners (version 0.70)*. https://doi.org/10.24384/hgc3-7p15

*Total survey error in practice*. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

*Public Opinion Quarterly*,

*74*(5), 849–879. https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfq065

*JASP (version 0.9.2)*. Retrieved from https://jasp-stats.org/

*jamovi (version 1.0.0)*. Retrieved from https://www.jamovi.org/

*The practice of survey research: theory and applications*. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/ruel

*Quantitative social science data with R: an introduction*. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/fogarty

*Designing quality survey questions*. Sage.

*Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice*,

*25*(1), 44–52. https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.12889

*Critical thinking: your guide to effective argument, successful analysis and independent study*. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/criticalthinking/

*Marketing research: an applied orientation*(6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

*Bayesian data analysis in ecology using linear models with R, BUGS, and Stan*. London, England: Elsevier/Academic Press.

*The consultant’s big book of reproducible surveys and questionnaires: 50 instruments to help you assess clients’ problems*. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

*Surveying the social world: principles and practice in survey research*. Buckingham, England: Open University Press.

*An introduction to survey research, polling, and data analysis*(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

*Constructing effective questionnaires*. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

*Qualitative research & evaluation methods: integrating theory and practice*(4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

# Crowe Critical Appraisal Tool (v1.4)

## Summary of main points

- The Crowe Critical Appraisal Tool (CCAT) consists of
- The CCAT form.
- The CCAT user guide.

- Always use the CCAT Form
**and**the CCAT User Guide together. - Research designs should be appraised on their own merits, not to a ‘gold standard’.
- All categories must be scored: it does not matter which research design was used
- The lowest score for a category is 0, the highest score is 5
- Category scores are whole numbers only (that is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
- The score for each category must be reported
- The total score (out of 40 or as a percent) is reported in addition to each category score.

- Item descriptors may be marked present (✔), absent (✘), or not applicable (◼).
- Tick marks are
**not**a check list to be totalled. - Tick marks are simply a guide to scoring a category.

- Tick marks are
- If in doubt use your best judgement, there is no right or wrong answer.

## References

*Data visualization with d3.js*. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.

*Data visualization with d3.js cookbook*. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.

*Tableau data visualization cookbook*. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.

*SPSS statistics for data analysis and visualization*. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.

*Data visualization: a practical introduction*. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

*Data visualization for dummies*. Hoboken, NJ: For Dummies.

*The visual display of quantitative information*(2nd ed). Cheshire, CN: Graphics Press.

*MIX 2.0. Professional software for meta-analysis in Excel (version 2.016)*. BiostatXL. Retrieved from http://www.meta-analysis-made-easy.com

*Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method*(4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

*Learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners (version 0.70)*. https://doi.org/10.24384/hgc3-7p15

*Total survey error in practice*. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

*Public Opinion Quarterly*,

*74*(5), 849–879. https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfq065

*JASP (version 0.9.2)*. Retrieved from https://jasp-stats.org/

*jamovi (version 1.0.0)*. Retrieved from https://www.jamovi.org/

*The practice of survey research: theory and applications*. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/ruel

*Quantitative social science data with R: an introduction*. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/fogarty

*Designing quality survey questions*. Sage.

*Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice*,

*25*(1), 44–52. https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.12889

*Critical thinking: your guide to effective argument, successful analysis and independent study*. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/criticalthinking/

*Marketing research: an applied orientation*(6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

*Bayesian data analysis in ecology using linear models with R, BUGS, and Stan*. London, England: Elsevier/Academic Press.

*The consultant’s big book of reproducible surveys and questionnaires: 50 instruments to help you assess clients’ problems*. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

*Surveying the social world: principles and practice in survey research*. Buckingham, England: Open University Press.

*An introduction to survey research, polling, and data analysis*(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

*Constructing effective questionnaires*. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

*Qualitative research & evaluation methods: integrating theory and practice*(4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.