How to approach a research problem?
A researcher is asked to determine the likelihood that a new medication for arthritis works better than a similar medication that’s been around for a decade. How would the researcher approach this assignment?
State a possible research hypothesis in the space below. Frame it as specifically as possible, in a testable way (so that we could use statistics to test the hypothesis).
What sort of subjects would the researcher want in his or her study?
What are the variables of interest, as well as the possible confounds and covariates the researcher should consider?
Describe the statistics that would be most applicable to test the hypothesis.
Discuss how the results of the statistical analysis might be statistically and/or practically significant.