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Methods to Determine the Reliability of the Data

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What are some methods you might use to determine the reliability of the data you gather? Why is it important to analyze your data to determine if it is reliable?

• In today’s era there are many sources used to gather data. Some people use computers others just use books or journals, but "The ultimate goal of data reliability assessment is to determine whether you can use the data for your intended purposes". I completely agree with this statement, this is generally why we research data. With the enhancements of technology we have seen the amount of sources grow over time. The emerging sources like Wikipedia and Google are among the leaders. The biggest problem with using the internet for data research is the reliability factor, and that should always be the most important. It is very important to make sure the data is reliable because it is not good to pass out incorrect information. A lot of the information posted on the internet is not cited or published. In most cases, you should stay away from Internet information that doesn't list an author. While the information you may sometimes be true, it is more difficult to validate information if you don't know the credentials of the author. The best way to verify the sources is to check for educational credits or Discover if the writer is either published or in a scholarly journal. What i always like to do is continue to use same source that way i don’t have to worry if its reliable.


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