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I need help with the questions at the end. Thank you.

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You are a researcher who has developed a powerful new drug that may help to raise t-cell counts in AIDS patients and significantly retard the progress of the disease, even in those who have been in decline for months or years. The advantage of your new drug is that it will provide in a single pill the same level of efficacy that has previously only be achievable with a powerful "cocktail" of multiple medications. You are ready to test your drug in comparison to the standard multi-drug regimen that most AIDS patients are prescribed.

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1. Identify a research hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, and your method for selecting subjects for this study.

2. Be sure to cover the following points with regard to the potential for bias in your study.

3. Finally propose a statistical testing procedure you would use to analyze the results of your study.

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Interesting topic! Let's go through each section. I also provided an example of a methods section of a similar study to consider when writing up your final report.

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SCENARIO: You are a researcher who has developed a powerful new drug that may help to raise t-cell counts in AIDS patients and significantly retard the progress of the disease, even in those who have been in decline for months or years. The advantage of your new drug is that it will provide in a single pill the same level of efficacy that has previously only be achievable with a powerful "cocktail" of multiple medications. You are ready to test your drug in comparison to the standard multi-drug regimen that most AIDS patients are prescribed.

1. Identify a research hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, and your method for selecting subjects for this study.
2. Be sure to cover the following points with regard to the potential for bias in your study:

Your hypothesis will be that the new drug will have the same efficacy AS the standard multi-drug regimen.

Independent variable: the ...

Solution Summary

In reference to the scenario, this job identifies a research hypothesis, dependent and independent variables, and one's method for selecting subjects for this study. It further covers the potential for bias in the study e.g. experimenter bias, selection bias, and any other potential problems that might might present. Finally, this solution proposes a statistical testing procedure to analyze the results of the study.

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