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Old 02-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Not to throw a wrench in anything...but wouldn't asking us to help you out bias your results towards avid music listeners?

Most of us are pretty obsessive about music.
I was thinking this.

Plus, there's bias inherent in any voluntary survey, because some types of people may choose to fill it out over others.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hi Duga,
Thanks for the comment... My research focuses on avid music consumers... which is why it was so important for me to get people like the music fans on this board. People who are obsessive about music are ideal participants
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Thanks Plankton and Pedestrian. Pedestrian, yes your point is correct... though unavoidable and a limitation of any survey research. I'm also using qualitative research including participant observation to limit this.
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I would worry that there is bias inherent in approaching any community of people for data; after all, there are a number of qualities which have drawn and held all of us to this particular website, which may not be specific to fans of music in general. I would caution that out community is likely not representative of music fans on the whole, and that you will want to seek a much greater sample of fans in order to balance your data out.

EDIT: Presumably as a researcher you are aware of the basics of statistics, but I am simply looking for clarification for my own interests in your survey.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Pedestrian, you make an excellent point, and it's related to external validity of the research. I am gathering data from many places and many types of music fans... from Robert Johnson to Justin Beiber; from people who discover music through recommendations of trusted friends to people who discover music through prime time television.

By gathering data from many places through many channels I strengthen the external validity of my study - meaning my sample will be representative of the music-listening population. I have no doubt that people who reach my survey through Music Banter will answer questions much differently than people who reach it from other music-related websites, or social media sites such as Facebook. This is why I don't look at any one answer individually. Instead, I will analyze the full data set that is made up of everyone's individual perceptions.

I am getting excellent response from Music Banter... yet like other places where people click in from it represents a small percentage of the complete data set. This is the point of doing a widespread survey. Each of us perceives music differently. The goal of a statistical analysis isn't just to see basic statistics, it is to measure how perceptions of various aspects of how we enjoy music interact with other related aspects of how we enjoy music. For you fellow stats nerds out there, I'm interested in the covariation that lives in my data set.

Also, keep in mind that my survey is one part of my dissertation research which focuses on music consumers, but keep in mind "consumer" doesn't mean "buyer" - I am interested in how people use/consume/listen to music in contemporary society. The survey is a result of qualitative research, theoretical framework, philosophical foundation, and a pilot survey used to clarify the items on the survey that is posted.

I hope that was more helpful than it was confusing. The bottom line is this... there are no right or wrong answers - we're all individuals who add equal benefit to the study.

Thank you.
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Another "bottom line" of this is that by participating in the survey, each person is contributing his/her own thoughts about music. When Pedestrian writes "there are a number of qualities which have drawn and held all of us to this particular website, which may not be specific to fans of music in general" he is absolutely correct... these qualities are represented through the cumulative participation of Music Banter members.
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Good to hear, and best of luck with your dissertation.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:19 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Thanks Pedestrian... I appreciate it a lot!
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