Graphic Analysis and Representation of Observational Data


Presenter: Andrew D. Coppens

This workshop explains and gives participants practical experience in using visual
techniques to analyze (and present) observational data, with approaches that
transcend quantitative/qualitative and idiographic/nomothetic dichotomies. The
workshop uses real-life examples of how observational data can be progressively
aggregated for the purpose of pattern recognition and group comparison, while
retaining fidelity to individual observations and cases. In the family of approaches
explored and practiced in this workshop, graphic techniques (not statistics) drive
data analysis. Techniques for presenting visual data are unmoored from software
templates, concerning themselves instead with how an audience needs to think
about patterns in the data in order to understand them. Principles of designing,
drafting, and adapting graphic models to new empirical work are reviewed.
Participants should bring a full size pad of blank paper and a few writing
implements in different colors (one should be a pencil). A current dataset with
“countable” observations (of any method) is recommended, but not required, for
participation; the workshop will provide fictional examples of observational data to
work with. Personal computers are not required for participation in the workshop;
however, recommended software is discussed briefly.

Exploring Cultural Variation Using eHRAF World Cultures


Presenter: Carol Ember, President, Human Relations Area Files

eHRAF World Cultures was designed to facilitate cross-cultural comparisons by providing finely subject-indexed ethnographic information about the cultures of the world.  With over 300 cultures included, you can readily compare similar topics across cultures.  In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of using eHRAF World Cultures in the context of coding a few variables about child socialization.  Specifically, we will examining variation in the degree to which parents use corporal punishment.  Pointers will be given for learning more about designing and conducting a cross-cultural study.