Category Archives: workflow

Getting started – working directories, loading data, and a bit more plotting

For this post, I am going to assume that you know about files, folders and directories on your computer. In Windows (e.g. in XP and 7), you should be familiar with Windows Explorer. If you are not, this series of … Continue reading

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Workflow concerns – how do you organize information?

Information you have to organize 1. articles from literature search – abstracts, results of literature searches, pdfs of articles you have access to, your notes on the articles: — people print things out, write notes on paper, and file this … Continue reading

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Using DMDX to collect data

Researchers in influential psycholinguistics labs often use the DMDX application to collect data: its free, its flexible, and its well supported by its authors. The fact that it is free ensures  we remove one barrier to the reproducibility of our … Continue reading

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Getting normative data for words

The easiest step is to get data we need from the English Lexicon Project (ELP). We will want information on frequency (there are several measures, we will be using the log context distinctiveness (CD) measure from the SUBTLEX database; see … Continue reading

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What they call workflow

[Password protected version of this post, under resources, with downloadable example files] Many researchers talk about workflow. This refers to the series of steps involved in completing an investigation: going from intention to paper, to paraphrase the title of Levelt’s … Continue reading

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Productivity – effectiveness – Getting Things Done

Following my own advice, I am going to work more systematically to be a more effective research, where being effective is defined, for now, as *doing the right thing* not doing things right (after Drucker) and the steps to being … Continue reading

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Getting things done

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/peter_drucker.html see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Drucker http://www.amazon.co.uk/Effective-Executive-Classic-Drucker-Collection/dp/0750685077 Essentially, effectiveness is about *doing the right thing” – this is a lesson that really should be considered. I think one must learn … Continue reading

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Evernote is wildly popular among people concerned with being more productive in information-focused jobs. I use it. You should try it out because: 1. tags and notebooks make research searchable, searchable means findable, and findable means ‘not wasting your time … Continue reading

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