Author Archives: LSE Methodology

Mar 24 2013

Why Won’t Anyone Talk to Me?

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Dear Dr. Phoebe, I conducted my first interview today – and it went badly. My project assesses the 2008 NHS reform and involves interviewing many of the key decision-makers from that period. I started with former Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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Dec 12 2012

My Qualitative Coders Keep Disagreeing

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Dear Dr. Phoebe, I have hired two supposed “expert” coders to read a sample of newspaper articles and code each paragraph according to a coding scheme that I have carefully developed as part of my project in media studies. But … Continue reading

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Dec 5 2012

Girlfriend Terrified I’ll Sleep with Mafia Princess

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Dear Dr. Phoebe, I’ve just had an epiphany after a month of wracking my brains for a research project that uses the cool ethnographic methods I’ve learned from MY426. The idea came after my new girlfriend forced me to watch … Continue reading

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Nov 28 2012

My Variables Have an Unhealthy Relationship

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Dear Dr. Resmeth, I am wrestling with a political economy model that includes both regime type and socio-economic level as explanatory variables. The problem is that these variables are strongly (positively) correlated, making it very hard to separate their independent … Continue reading

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