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Data Collection, Experimental Design,and Statistics in Musical Research

W. Luke Windsor

in Empirical Musicology

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167498
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167498.003.0009
Data Collection, Experimental Design,and Statistics in Musical Research

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This chapter provides an introduction to the standard methods for designing experiments, and collecting, analyzing, and representing data specifically for musical research. It starts with a discussion of ways in which experiments may be carried out with listeners and performers, and different kinds of measurement, observation, and the data that they produce. There is a section on coding, transforming, and organizing data, followed by a discussion of simple descriptive statistics. An illustration of some graphical methods, and the use of comparative statistics then follows. The final section discusses the relationship between experiments and real world research.

Keywords: data; statistics; observation; graphs; measurement; experiments

Chapter.  11277 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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