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Building confidence in using new research methods: Reflections from a former numerophobe’s use of computer programming and advanced statistics

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Using unfamiliar research methods requires confidence and open-mindedness. I am not a confident mathematician, and could previously have been called numerophobic. But a research question as to why the British Government was losing more immigration appeal cases in court forced me to engage with quantitative methods. I sought to explain the fact that 25 of 78 immigration appeal cases were lost by the crown from 1970 to 1994, but 90 of 174 cases were lost in just 17 succeeding years. I suspected...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.4135/9781526468055

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Oxford college:
Jesus College
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SAGE Publications Publisher's website
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SAGE Research Methods Journal website
Publication date:
2018-01-01
Acceptance date:
2018-06-21
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pubs:859226
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uri:da2535e2-733e-45d4-af9b-6f5ce78f88d8
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uuid:da2535e2-733e-45d4-af9b-6f5ce78f88d8
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pubs:859226

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