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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

Teller, S. (2013). Data visualization with d3.js. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.
Zhu, N. Q. (2013). Data visualization with d3.js cookbook. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.
Nandeshwar, A. (2013). Tableau data visualization cookbook. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.
McCormick, K., Salcedo, J., Peck, J., & Wheeler, A. (2017). SPSS statistics for data analysis and visualization. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.
Healy, K. (2018). Data visualization: a practical introduction. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Yuk, M., & Diamond, S. (2013). Data visualization for dummies. Hoboken, NJ: For Dummies.
Tufte, E. R. (2001). The visual display of quantitative information (2nd ed). Cheshire, CN: Graphics Press.
Bax, L. (2016). MIX 2.0. Professional software for meta-analysis in Excel (version 2.016). BiostatXL. Retrieved from http://www.meta-analysis-made-easy.com
Templ, M. (2019, March 11). CRAN task view: official statistics & survey methodology. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://CRAN.R-project.org/view=OfficialStatistics
University of Michigan. (n.d.). Institute for Social Research. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://isr.umich.edu/about/our-centers/
Coursera. (n.d.). Survey Data Collection and Analytics. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://www.coursera.org/specializations/data-collection
University of Maryland. (n.d.). Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM). Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://jpsm.umd.edu/
Dillman, D. A., Smyth, J. D., & Christian, L. M. (2014). Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Navarro, D. J., & Foxcroft, D. R. (2019). Learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners (version 0.70). https://doi.org/10.24384/hgc3-7p15
Biemer, P. P., Leeuw, E. D. de, Eckman, S., Edwards, B., Kreuter, F., Lyberg, L., … West, B. T. (Eds.). (2017). Total survey error in practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
FiveThirtyEight. (2018, February 9). Our data. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://data.fivethirtyeight.com
Groves, R. M., & Lyberg, L. (2010). Total survey error: past, present, and future. Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(5), 849–879. https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfq065
JASP Team. (2018). JASP (version 0.9.2). Retrieved from https://jasp-stats.org/
The jamovi project. (2019). jamovi (version 1.0.0). Retrieved from https://www.jamovi.org/
World Bank Group. (2019). Survey Solutions (Version 19.05) [Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2]. Retrieved from https://mysurvey.solutions/
Ellis, P. (2018, May 5). Survey books, courses and tools. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from http://freerangestats.info/blog/2018/05/05/survey-books-and-courses.html
Ellis, P. (2017, January 14). Books I like. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from http://freerangestats.info/blog/2017/01/14/books.html
Ruel, E. E., Wagner, W. E., & Gillespie, B. J. (2016). The practice of survey research: theory and applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/ruel
Roy, R. (2019, May 21). First-year uni can add 4kg to your weight. Here’s how universities can scale that back. Retrieved May 21, 2019, from http://theconversation.com/first-year-uni-can-add-4kg-to-your-weight-heres-how-universities-can-scale-that-back-115922
Green, R. (2019, May 20). Graphic design could be holding back action on climate change – here’s how. Retrieved May 21, 2019, from http://theconversation.com/graphic-design-could-be-holding-back-action-on-climate-change-heres-how-112953
Fogarty, B. J. (2018). Quantitative social science data with R: an introduction. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/fogarty
Robinson, S. B., & Leonard, K. F. (2018). Designing quality survey questions. Sage.
Quigley, J. M., Thompson, J. C., Halfpenny, N. J., & Scott. (2019). Critical appraisal of nonrandomized studies—A review of recommended and commonly used tools. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 25(1), 44–52. https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.12889
Revolution Analytics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/
Lambert, B. (n.d.). The distribution zoo. Retrieved March 30, 2019, from https://ben18785.shinyapps.io/distribution-zoo/
Chatfield, T. (2017). Critical thinking: your guide to effective argument, successful analysis and independent study. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/criticalthinking/
Malhotra, N. K. (2010). Marketing research: an applied orientation (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Vehtari, A., Gelman, A., Simpson, D., Carpenter, B., & Bürkner, P.-C. (2019, March 19). Rank-normalization, folding, and localization: an improved R_hat for assessing convergence of MCMC. Retrieved from https://avehtari.github.io/rhat_ess/rhat_ess.html
Conda. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://docs.conda.io/projects/conda/en/latest/
Miniconda. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://docs.conda.io/en/latest/miniconda.html
Orange. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://orange.biolab.si/
scikit-learn. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://scikit-learn.org/
Korner-Nievergelt, F., Von Felten, S., Roth, T., Almasi, B., Guélat, J., & Korner-Nievergelt, P. (2015). Bayesian data analysis in ecology using linear models with R, BUGS, and Stan. London, England: Elsevier/Academic Press.
Silberman, M. L. (Ed.). (2003). The consultant’s big book of reproducible surveys and questionnaires: 50 instruments to help you assess clients’ problems. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Aldridge, A., & Levine, K. (2001). Surveying the social world: principles and practice in survey research. Buckingham, England: Open University Press.
Weisberg, H. F., Bowen, B. D., & Krosnick, J. A. (1996). An introduction to survey research, polling, and data analysis (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Peterson, R. A. (2000). Constructing effective questionnaires. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (n.d.). Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP). Retrieved March 8, 2019, from http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Statistical+Data+Integration+-+MADIP
QGIS. (n.d.). QGIS Training Manual. Retrieved March 5, 2019, from https://docs.qgis.org/2.18/en/docs/training_manual/
QGIS. (n.d.). QGIS User Guide. Retrieved March 5, 2019, from https://docs.qgis.org/2.18/en/docs/user_manual/
AMSRO: Association of Market and Social Research Organisations. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2019, from https://www.amsro.com.au/
ESRA: European Survey Research Association. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2019, from https://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/
Australian Bureau of StatiAustralian Bureau of Statistics. (n.d.). Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Retrieved March 5, 2019, from http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Australian+Statistical+Geography+Standard+(ASGS)
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. (n.d.). Retrieved February 25, 2019, from https://www.gesis.org/en/
Patton, M. Q. (2015). 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
  • 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.
  • If in doubt use your best judgement, there is no right or wrong answer.

References

Teller, S. (2013). Data visualization with d3.js. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.
Zhu, N. Q. (2013). Data visualization with d3.js cookbook. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.
Nandeshwar, A. (2013). Tableau data visualization cookbook. Birmingham, England: Packt Publishing.
McCormick, K., Salcedo, J., Peck, J., & Wheeler, A. (2017). SPSS statistics for data analysis and visualization. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.
Healy, K. (2018). Data visualization: a practical introduction. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Yuk, M., & Diamond, S. (2013). Data visualization for dummies. Hoboken, NJ: For Dummies.
Tufte, E. R. (2001). The visual display of quantitative information (2nd ed). Cheshire, CN: Graphics Press.
Bax, L. (2016). MIX 2.0. Professional software for meta-analysis in Excel (version 2.016). BiostatXL. Retrieved from http://www.meta-analysis-made-easy.com
Templ, M. (2019, March 11). CRAN task view: official statistics & survey methodology. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://CRAN.R-project.org/view=OfficialStatistics
University of Michigan. (n.d.). Institute for Social Research. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://isr.umich.edu/about/our-centers/
Coursera. (n.d.). Survey Data Collection and Analytics. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://www.coursera.org/specializations/data-collection
University of Maryland. (n.d.). Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM). Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://jpsm.umd.edu/
Dillman, D. A., Smyth, J. D., & Christian, L. M. (2014). Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Navarro, D. J., & Foxcroft, D. R. (2019). Learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners (version 0.70). https://doi.org/10.24384/hgc3-7p15
Biemer, P. P., Leeuw, E. D. de, Eckman, S., Edwards, B., Kreuter, F., Lyberg, L., … West, B. T. (Eds.). (2017). Total survey error in practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
FiveThirtyEight. (2018, February 9). Our data. Retrieved May 31, 2019, from https://data.fivethirtyeight.com
Groves, R. M., & Lyberg, L. (2010). Total survey error: past, present, and future. Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(5), 849–879. https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfq065
JASP Team. (2018). JASP (version 0.9.2). Retrieved from https://jasp-stats.org/
The jamovi project. (2019). jamovi (version 1.0.0). Retrieved from https://www.jamovi.org/
World Bank Group. (2019). Survey Solutions (Version 19.05) [Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2]. Retrieved from https://mysurvey.solutions/
Ellis, P. (2018, May 5). Survey books, courses and tools. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from http://freerangestats.info/blog/2018/05/05/survey-books-and-courses.html
Ellis, P. (2017, January 14). Books I like. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from http://freerangestats.info/blog/2017/01/14/books.html
Ruel, E. E., Wagner, W. E., & Gillespie, B. J. (2016). The practice of survey research: theory and applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/ruel
Roy, R. (2019, May 21). First-year uni can add 4kg to your weight. Here’s how universities can scale that back. Retrieved May 21, 2019, from http://theconversation.com/first-year-uni-can-add-4kg-to-your-weight-heres-how-universities-can-scale-that-back-115922
Green, R. (2019, May 20). Graphic design could be holding back action on climate change – here’s how. Retrieved May 21, 2019, from http://theconversation.com/graphic-design-could-be-holding-back-action-on-climate-change-heres-how-112953
Fogarty, B. J. (2018). Quantitative social science data with R: an introduction. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/fogarty
Robinson, S. B., & Leonard, K. F. (2018). Designing quality survey questions. Sage.
Quigley, J. M., Thompson, J. C., Halfpenny, N. J., & Scott. (2019). Critical appraisal of nonrandomized studies—A review of recommended and commonly used tools. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 25(1), 44–52. https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.12889
Revolution Analytics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/
Lambert, B. (n.d.). The distribution zoo. Retrieved March 30, 2019, from https://ben18785.shinyapps.io/distribution-zoo/
Chatfield, T. (2017). Critical thinking: your guide to effective argument, successful analysis and independent study. Sage. Retrieved from https://study.sagepub.com/criticalthinking/
Malhotra, N. K. (2010). Marketing research: an applied orientation (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Vehtari, A., Gelman, A., Simpson, D., Carpenter, B., & Bürkner, P.-C. (2019, March 19). Rank-normalization, folding, and localization: an improved R_hat for assessing convergence of MCMC. Retrieved from https://avehtari.github.io/rhat_ess/rhat_ess.html
Conda. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://docs.conda.io/projects/conda/en/latest/
Miniconda. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://docs.conda.io/en/latest/miniconda.html
Orange. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://orange.biolab.si/
scikit-learn. (n.d.). Retrieved March 18, 2019, from https://scikit-learn.org/
Korner-Nievergelt, F., Von Felten, S., Roth, T., Almasi, B., Guélat, J., & Korner-Nievergelt, P. (2015). Bayesian data analysis in ecology using linear models with R, BUGS, and Stan. London, England: Elsevier/Academic Press.
Silberman, M. L. (Ed.). (2003). The consultant’s big book of reproducible surveys and questionnaires: 50 instruments to help you assess clients’ problems. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Aldridge, A., & Levine, K. (2001). Surveying the social world: principles and practice in survey research. Buckingham, England: Open University Press.
Weisberg, H. F., Bowen, B. D., & Krosnick, J. A. (1996). An introduction to survey research, polling, and data analysis (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Peterson, R. A. (2000). Constructing effective questionnaires. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (n.d.). Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP). Retrieved March 8, 2019, from http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Statistical+Data+Integration+-+MADIP
QGIS. (n.d.). QGIS Training Manual. Retrieved March 5, 2019, from https://docs.qgis.org/2.18/en/docs/training_manual/
QGIS. (n.d.). QGIS User Guide. Retrieved March 5, 2019, from https://docs.qgis.org/2.18/en/docs/user_manual/
AMSRO: Association of Market and Social Research Organisations. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2019, from https://www.amsro.com.au/
ESRA: European Survey Research Association. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2019, from https://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/
Australian Bureau of StatiAustralian Bureau of Statistics. (n.d.). Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Retrieved March 5, 2019, from http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Australian+Statistical+Geography+Standard+(ASGS)
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. (n.d.). Retrieved February 25, 2019, from https://www.gesis.org/en/
Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods: integrating theory and practice (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.