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Thing-a-day #11: Twitter data set

Continuing my forensic linguistics twitter project. Rather than going with my first ten randomly selected participants in #phdchat, I took twenty randomly selected participants to see what I would get. Out of those twenty I eliminated eight, either because they

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Thing-a-day #10: Constructed dialogue coding

Yesterday I transcribed my interview with a non-math major. As I was working on it, it struck me that she played a lot of different roles in the course of explaining what it’s like for her to study math. She

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Thing-a-day #8: Python script for Twitter data collection

Edit: this post originally misrepresented Naomi Barnes’ take on the CMC literature; corrected version below. One of my term projects this semester is a seminar paper in forensic linguistics that involves statistical authorship attribution — that is, given a piece

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Thing-a-day #6: A plan for dealing with IRBs

A week ago on Twitter, Sara Goldrick-Rab was listing reasons why we don’t have a “greater evidence-base” in education, that is, systemic or bureaucratic challenges that face education researchers. I proposed adding one to her list: @saragoldrickrab It’s hard to

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Thing-a-day #4: First-and-a-half draft of my problem statement

Here’s the outline of my doctoral program requirements: Three years of coursework, with qualifying reviews at the end of years two and three. In the semester after that, submit a problem statement and take an oral exam based on it.

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Thing-a-day #1: Place reference coding

What is linguistics? What do grad students do all day? In an attempt to pull back the curtain a little (and to give myself an excuse to blog more), I’m going to blog a thing a day for the month

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